k-cups errrrrwhere, sing it with me.
A few years back, my MIL gave me a Keurig for Christmas and my Birthday. Since I was just a ‘weekend coffee drinker’, I didn’t realize the power that this magnificent object contained.
Cue a few years later, and tens of thousands of k-cups, maybe hundreds….it’s pretty much the only way I consume any liquid while at home.
We used to keep the k-cups in a large, glass jar. But when we moved into the current house, we had extra room to keep them in a drawer. And that worked, for like a minute. Till I opened and closed it and they would be scattered. Drives.Me.Nutso
I knew I didn’t want anything else on the counter and everything else I looked at for the drawer wouldn’t fit. I had thought about buying balsa wood to make sections, but it didn’t come long enough and I am allergic to it. Yes. I am a nerd. I was that girl you sat by in geography in highschool and could’t make eye contact with because she was allergic to everything. awesome.
So during my daily trip to hobby lobby, I grabbed a few thin, small dowels. 29cents a piece. And I only needed 5 for the drawer.
Initially I tried to run them the length of the drawer, and attach the dowel up high, so the k-cups would glide, so to speak. And it worked, for the outside rows.
But not for the inside. The cups were too heavy, and would make the dowels bend and the cups would slide through and drop.
Then husband came in like always and told me repeatedly to run them side to side. But being hard headed I didn’t want to listen. Husband came and gingerly suggested that I run them side to side. That would prevent them falling when I closed the drawer since it goes back and forth, not side to side…ya dig?
I tried to be all precise, but my normal ways jumped in (I hardly ever measure, level, etc.) So here is what I did.
I laid a dowel across the drawer, at the top of the drawer so it was level, and made a cut mark, right on the inside. You want to cut it ever so slightly shorter than the width, so it fits without bending. Because these bend very easily, and stay bent.
And I actually cut it with a steak knife…gasp…but I was not about to break out a drill for something I could snap between my fingers.
Using a k-cup as my measuring guide, I hot glued it right in the center. Starting with one end, getting it set, then slightly lifting and applying glue on the other side, and holding till it was set.
So, husband might have freaked a little when he saw I was using hot glue (actually I used a ‘cool’ hot glue crafting gun). Why did I use this? It dries crazy fast, not like wood glue or gorilla glue, dries clear, has enough hold to hold this, doesn’t have the mess that others do, and it peels off. Yup, you read that right. I actually repositioned a few and the glue peeled right off. So I could trim excess if needed.
See, I actually know what I am doing…sometimes.
Set a k-cup down, line up the dowel and glue. This can literally be finished in minutes.
She has clearly NOT been impressed with my organizing skills lately….
And then that’s it… easy as pie. And I am not digging and flipping to find my
crack caffine every morning.