It’s hard to stay organized when you are a DIY blogger, Mom, wife, cook, cleaner, taxi driver, and a student (taking evening classes for the general contractor exam.) I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve dropped a few balls in this massive juggling act. But, I strive to improve and part of that effort involved hanging a Family Organization Center Door next to the refrigerator. Did you know there was such a thing? Ha, me either until I saw this half window door at our local Habitat ReStore.
A vision of a place to plan meals, keep track of chores and keep reminders became clear in my head when I first saw it. Want to see how I took this old door and turned it into a family organization center? Hang around for a few minutes to find out.
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- Self Closing Gate Hinges (Pair)
- 4 – 2-1/2 Inch Hex-Head Lag Screws
- 6 – 1 Inch Hex-Head Lag Screws
- Socket Wrench
- Coax cable
- Heavy Duty Staple Gun
- Drill bits
- Rockwell JawStand
- Aviation Snips
After finding a door for your organization center, you may need to trim down the sides to fit your space. I had to trim an inch off each side of my door to fit on the side of our refrigerator cabinet. Use a circular saw to trim the door. Using a Kreg Rip Cut will help keep the saw straight.
For extra stability, you may want to add a caster on the bottom of the door (opposite the hinge side). This is not necessary, but will add extra support.
Cut scraps of coax cable to fit into the tops of the windows. [Read more…]