With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, now is a good time to get your kitchen in order.
Ideally, all of your cooking implements — pots, pans, utensils, small appliances — should be located where you can access them easily when you need them, yet out of the way when you don’t. Easier said than done, but not impossible if you utilize a few specialized storage solutions:
• For keeping pots, skillets and other types of utensils accessible without using counter or cabinet space, hanging pot racks are great space-savers. They come in a seemingly infinite number of styles — some feature a shelf or include lights. If your wall space is limited, the ceiling-mounted variety is ideal.
• If your pot lids have a tendency to go AWOL, the Roll-out Lid Organizer can help keep them at your fingertips. The slide-out rack holds up to 18 lids (it can also hold cutting boards and baking trays) and prevents them from getting lost at the back of a cabinet.
Note: Roll-out organizers require installation.
• An appliance garage
is a countertop device featuring a tambour (roll-down) door designed for concealing bulky, frequently used items that tend to live on kitchen counters (e.g., blender, mixer, slow-cooker). Because it converts the space between wall cabinets and base cabinets into storage compartments, this type of unit also requires installation.
Q. My son has an extensive rock collection. He has large rocks as large as the size of your head to very small rocks. Right now he has all of these rocks scattered on his desk in his room. Do you have any suggestions for organizers or a way for him to organize these rocks so they are no longer cluttering his desk?
A. I would imagine that your son enjoys looking at his rock collection, so it’s important to store the rocks in a way that will make it easy for him to see them. My recommendations are:
1) To display the larger rocks, utilize wooden shelving or bookcases with adjustable shelves; or a cubby unit.
2) For smaller rocks, use clear plastic multi-compartment containers with adjustable dividers.