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The Importance of Measuring

January 3rd, 2008 at 11:19 am

Last night, I did a terrible job of defying my post-paycheck whims and went to Target.

I needed some more shelves for my apartment. Really. It was a NECESSITY, I tell you.

So I walked out with one of those metal shelving units (on sale!) and headed back to put it in the designated spot in the kitchen, where I can stack all my small appliances galore instead of having them ready to pounce-attack me every time I want to get something from the pantry. Though, in hindsight, I guess they were doing me a favor - I shouldn't be digging through my pantry for something to eat all the time anyways.

Assembly was a snap. Literally. You snap these little plastic things on and throw the shelves on, and you're done. I did it in the time of one commercial break.

Standing back, I gazed at my handiwork. Matte, black, and forged from the cheapest metal that our dear Chinese factory workers can get their hands on to assemble such a fine easy-to-assemble product.

I proudly lift it up and carry it into my kitchen, and positioned it in its reserved location. The end of it jutted out half an inch. Hm. Well, I can live with that.

Nothing left to do now but to grab a bottle of water from the fridge and sit back and enjoy all my hard 3.5 mins of work.


The fridge door slams into something upon opening.

Looking down, I realize that the stupid metal shelving unit is about an inch too deep to clear my swinging fridge door. It only opens about 75% of the way, then...WHAM.

Let's hope that I never need to open my fridge door more than 75% of the way. Maybe it'll keep me eating only 75% of the food in there.

Carefully crafted illustration of my awesomeness:

9 Responses to “The Importance of Measuring”

  1. luxliving Says:

    Ummmmm...is your frig one of those that you can switch which side it opens on?? You know, you change out a few screws and presto change-O???? Mine is like that, so if we moved and the house was configured differently we'd be able to keep the frig, just change the door around....???

    Worth a look!

  2. JanH Says:

    Lux is right. I think DD's boyfriend changed the door on her fridge to open the opposite direction. Otherwise, she was always walking around the door to set things down on the kitchen counter. I really need to change mine out, maybe I'll look into that...

  3. sagegirl Says:

    Love the diagram--such attention to detail Smile I have seen doors that you can change around--I think it depends on the model.

  4. always_sunny Says:

    love the diagram!

  5. miclason Says:

    Thanks for the reminder!....I want to buy a bookcase for Ale (she has one of those basket thingies you put in the kitchen for veggies!...and they are overflowing!!!)...I saw some on sale today, but need to measure to see if they would REALLY fit!...and not interfere with doors or anything!

  6. just me Says:

    perhaps you could angle the shelves just a little in order to clear the refrigerator door.

  7. george Says:

    no such luck on the angling. not enough room. and no, i didn't go fishing. =D

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehehehe. Bonus points for the funny. Diagram for the win. Big Grin

  9. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "Point of forsightlessness." I think w could add that to our vocabulary. There might be much use for it. Congrats on the new storage anyway.

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