From: Casey Morrigan (
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 18:13:24 -0700 (MST)
Here's one more comment.  We DO have wood doors on our wood cabinets and I 
think open shelving would have been a much better idea.  We have labels on 
our cabinets, and with the labels, they are only semi chaotic.  Without the 
labels, total chaos reigned...and now, after reading Rob's email, I am 
going to give myself a much nicer title than the one I occasionally confer 
on myself...I am going to start thinking of myself as the clutter fairy.

Casey Morrigan
Two Acre Wood
Sebastopol, California

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Elizabeth Stevenson [mailto:tamgoddess [at]]
> Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2004 4:29 PM
> To: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ wisdom wanted on common house kitchen cabinets
> We've had open shelves since we moved in, and I don't think
> there's ever
> been any discontent with them. I think having to open and
> close doors would
> be very noisy during the whole meal process. Glass doors seem
> to me to be
> the worst of both worlds: opening and closing doors all the
> time, plus you
> see the clutter anyway. Also, they need to be cleaned a lot. Don't
> overestimate the amount of work people want to do in the
> kitchen. You want
> to make it easier, not harder.
> I don't think that signs help much-people ignore them anyway.
> There just has
> to be reorganization on a regular basis anyway.
> I would point out that Sharon's CH and mine are different in
> one important
> way: we've been here much longer. Not to discount her ideas.
> It's important
> to remember there are no one-size-fits-all answers in
> cohousing. But I would
> expect that no matter what the system, it takes awhile for everyone to
> remember where everything goes.
> --
> Liz Stevenson
> Southside Park Cohousing
> Sacramento, California
> lilbert [at]
> > From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
> >
> > On Dec 8, 2003, at 1:14 PM, Ellen Orleans wrote:
> >
> >> In our common house, we are considering glass doors on our upper
> >> cabinets in the common house kitchen. The idea is to keep
> the contents
> >> clean while providing visibility as to what is in the
> cabinet without
> >> having to open doors.
> >
> > We took the doors off our upper cabinets in the theory that people
> > could find things more easily. What we got was not only open messy
> > shelves but they ALSO have pasted on labels of what is
> supposed to be
> > on the shelves. Glass doors would be very nice but if your
> members are
> > like ours they will still put up labels and signs and the
> shelves, even
> > when organized, will  look messy. Some of our members are regretting
> > our open kitchen for this reason.
> >
> > I'm planning to do a floor plan of the kitchen tomorrow in
> hopes that
> > it will help locate things more quickly than going around reading
> > labels, try to get the doors put back on, and get label
> holders so we
> > can get rid of the dirty goo that builds up from tape and adhesive.
> >
> > Sharon
> > -----
> > Sharon Villines
> > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
> >
> _______________________________________________
> Cohousing-L mailing list
> Cohousing-L [at]  Unsubscribe  and other info:

Cohousing-L mailing list
Cohousing-L [at]  Unsubscribe  and other info:

  • (no other messages in thread)

Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.