The flimsy shelf in my kitchen cupboard fell down awhile ago, and I'm ashamed to say I left it like that. Not surprisingly, the situation quickly deteriorated. Today I finally reorganized everything, and the "after" is functional, but still pretty ugly. That is in fact why I procrastinated so long: why bother working on something if the results aren't pretty? I fear this is one of those times when I'm going to have to grow up a little bit. Every project can't involve sparkles and ferns, for crying out loud! There are many situations in which "functional" can be a version of "beautiful", and I'd do well to remember that. "Useful" and "good-enough" are never what I'm shooting for, but in dinky apartments sometimes even those lukewarm praises are something to be proud of.
I can now easily reach all my frequently-used appliances (food processor, waffle iron, blender, and coffee grinder), while the lesser-used appliances and baking dishes are still fairly accessible. Nothing is leaning precariously, and almost every item can be grabbed without moving any of the others. I'm trying to remind myself that accessibility is a form of elegance, even if it doesn't look particularly elegant. I would love to have glamorous slide-out shelving and such, but with a budget of $0 I'm just going to have to consider this job complete, and move on to other projects. Hopefully ones involving garland and dwarf trees!