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Small Appliances May Make a Large Mess
The smell of waffles on the occasional Sunday morning creates
memories. Finding a home for the waffle maker is not as fun.
The same goes for that food processor you break
out only during massive cooking over the holidays and the ice cream
maker you bought on a lark. Then there is the rice steamer,
quesadilla maker, deep fryer, blender, chopper, counter-top roaster,
popcorn maker, juicer, donut maker, and more.
Cooking is great fun! Some of these gadgets are just that – a fun thing to have. Others
are really a tool and help you do the work you need to get done.
Either way, organizing the small appliances, their attachments, and
directions can help you enjoy them even more.
Tips for Storing Small Appliances:
Keep it or lose it - Make sure you really want to keep it before worrying about
storing it. Sometimes, you get gadgets as a gift but find you really
don’t use them. Ask yourself if you love it, use it, or need it?
Countertop or hidden storage. - Decide which ones you use every day. If you use something daily,
such as a coffee maker, then find a home on the countertop. If you use it less often, then hide it away. If you use it rarely
at the holidays) but still want to keep it, you might even store it on a shelf in the laundry room or garage.
Gather parts or spend time hunting - Many small appliances come with
interchangeable parts. You can stash a food processor in a
cabinet but it just becomes a cluttered mess if all the blades
and gadgets, that came with it, are rolling around next to it.
Using a small basket to hold both the appliance the parts makes
for tidy storage, as seen with this food processor. For an item
too big to fit in the basket, a small basket with parts stored
next to the appliance is a great idea.
Tall or short - Begin your storage hunt with tall items such as your standing
mixer or blender. Not every cabinet has space for such tall
items. The height will dictate which cabinet they need to go in.
Use in the storage or pull it out - If you can add electrical power to your storage area, you
might be able to use the item right where it is stored. An electrical outlet in the pantry meant the can opener; toaster
oven and toaster can be used without being removed from the pantry.
Create or find storage - You might be able to repurpose all or part or a piece of furniture for small appliance storage. A free standing pantry or
china cabinet can create great storage that also looks great in the room.
Directions or recipes - Recipes that come with small kitchen appliances are usually great
because they have been tested them over and over. Keep track of directions, warranties and recipes for your appliances by using a
three-ring binder with clear pocket sheet protectors.
Check out more of Lea's Kitchen Storage Hints and Tips:
Hard-to-use Lower Cabinets - Get ideas for maximizing your space
Maximize the space you have by making the best use of your cabinets.
Open the Door to More Storage
As cooking staples grow and recipes are tried, storage seems to shrink. One day, you decide to just leave out the oil, salt and pepper
grinder since you use them so often. Soon they are joined by this bottle and that bottle until you’ve a countertop of clutter - tasty
clutter but still clutter never-the-less.
Organizing on a Dime - Creating Order in Your Kitchen is Priceless
Push me in the general direction of an everything-in-here-costs-a-dollar
type store and I’m happy.
Out of Room in the Kitchen - Think Out-Of-The-Kitchen for Storage
You’ve pulled things out, rearranged, shoved them back in, and you
just can’t make everything you want fit in that kitchen. The first piece of advice you probably received was to pare things
down. However, if you are like me, then you like to entertain so that advice just isn’t reasonable.
Plastic Containers - Those Lids Without Tubs!
Seriously - isn't a ton of our time eaten up by trying to find the lids to plastic tubs? Storing and organizing lids
and plastic tubs seems to be the frustration of many cooks. No
matter how often you match them up, something seems to go awry!
Sliding Drawers for Lower Cabinets
It's easy to update older cabinets with the addition of drawers.
Ten Organizing Ideas for Your Kitchen
Ten little things that influence the big kitchen organizing picture.
Whisk those gadgets into shape
Learn ideas for those hard-to-organize and unusually shaped necessities.