Kitchen Appliances -- Great Storage Ideas
Kitchen Appliances -- Storage Ideas
Are you a kitchen-gadget-aholic? Can't get enough blenders, toaster ovens, bread making machines? Me too!
I love gadgets, especially kitchen gadgets. I love seeing all the new appliances. What I don't love is trying to figure out what to do with them when I get them home.
This page is designed to give you information, tips, tricks and hints on kitchen appliance storage. Check back often as this page will be updated as I find more solutions for you.
Storage Tips 101
- If space allows, designate a space just for small kitchen appliances.
- When it comes to storage, be creative. Look high and low. Don't forget about your wall space. Add some additional shelving. Check to see if you have space between the upper cabinets and the ceiling (often over-looked).
- Organize small kitchen appliances in a way that makes sense to you. Put the appliances you use most frequently where they can be accessed easily. Those less frequently used should still be able to be reached, but not in the most convenient location.
- If you store appliances where they can be seen, try to limit it to the newer, more attractive appliances. This will create a more pleasing space.
- Get rid of any appliances you don't use. Time for a garage sale? Trash anything that isn't working properly unless it can be repaired. But, will you get it repaired? Appliances are very inexpensive, consider a new one. Frugal? See if you can find a replacement at a garage, tag or estate sale. Be careful you aren't buying someone else's broken stuff.
- If space allows, store small appliances in the pantry. If your pantry is the reach in type, put appliances on the upper and lower shelves. Heavy appliances should be stored on the bottom. If you are fortunate to have a walk-in pantry, dedicate a particular shelving area for appliances -- keep them together.
- Store small appliances in upper cabinets (unless they are very heavy). Upper cabinets tend to have more clearance for larger items. Leave the middle cabinets for food and dishes. Leave the lower cabinets for heavier appliances.
- If you don't have slide out drawers already in your cabinets, consider adding some after market varieties. This will keep you from digging to the back of the cupboard for your favorite appliance. You back will thank you!
- Appliance garages are great. They can be added onto existing cabinets. Some are stand-alone countertop models. If you're the crafty type, consider screening appliances with fabric on a tension rod. Organizing your small appliances in a garage keeps them handy and makes a more pleasing, less cluttered countertop appearance. Many appliance garages fit into corners, which tend to be under-utilized. Most models have some sort of roll-down or sliding door that hides the appliances neatly.
- What to do with all those electrical cords? Cord wranglers can help. They can be as simple as using twist ties or zip ties. I don't recommend rubber bands -- they tend to break.
There are also specially designed cord clips, and cord wraps.
The picture above is a special electrical outlet with multiple plugs to help tame those racally cords!
I hope this information on kitchen appliances has been helpful.
If you need information on general organization tips, please refer to the Start Here section.
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