Space Takers: Kitchen Edition

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 11 Nov, 2016
Kitchen
Home after home, we tend to see the same type of products consumed that quickly become part of the one-hit wonder pile. There are so many sleek products out there which promise to make tasks easier–and perhaps they do. But our crowded cabinet space can become easily overwhelmed by these limited-use items. Many purchases are banned to the […] 
Home after home, we tend to see the same type of products consumed that quickly become part of the one-hit wonder pile. There are so many sleek products out there which promise to make tasks easier–and perhaps they do. But our crowded cabinet space can become easily overwhelmed by these limited-use items. Many purchases are banned to the basement and hardly heard of again–until the next time we decide to make our own gelato and homemade beef jerky.
Here are some of the key offenders for stealing prime kitchen space. And to be clear, this is a list to help us recognize what we actually use in relation to how much space is being taken. It is not a comment on value, quality, or utility. How many of these do you recognize?
Ice Cream Makers. Most clients say that either the result was not desireable and the effort wasn’t worth it. Again, I have to point out the occassional use status makes it a space stealer in the kitchen.
NutriBullet style blenders. This item has numerous parts that need stored and are difficult to keep together.
Waffle Iron.  We all love them, we just don’t love the space it takes to make them twice a year.
Bread Makers.  All of the above.
Specialty kitchen products such as Pampered Chef. I hate to call out a product that is quality made, but I am surprised by how often these items end up in the Donation pile. Items such as the whipped cream maker, the burger prep set, corn butterer and herb freezing tray–you catch my drift. These products are often clever, but they are also bulky, single-task products whose results can be achieved without the product.
Extra large grill tools–with a case. They are too long to store. Anywhere.
Digital meat thermometers. They take up a lot of drawer space for limited use.
Specialty slicers such as the banana slicer or avocado peeler and veggie wedger. These take up a lot of drawer space and can be easily managed with a typical paring knife.
Corn-on-the-Cob plates.
Oversized wine bottle openers. When a small cork screw with a leverage pull is all that is needed to do the job, I have to admit I don’t understand the appeal of these devices. Most drawers aren’t deep enough to open without knocking into the tool.
For the following items, you can save space by keeping only one:
  • cheese grater
  • cheese cutter
  • carrot peeler
  • garlic press
  • juice press
  • apple core cutter
  • pizza wheel
  • baster/injector
  • ice cream scoop
  • bottle and wine opener
And you can almost always find cabinet space by removing mismatched mugs, novelty wine glasses, plastic cups, and water bottles. You can also reduce mismatched plastic ware, carry-out packaging and saved shopping bags. These tend to proliferate over time and can be edited quickly to reduce clutter.
Before the holidays get bustling, we encourage you to take a look in your cabinets and release items that take more space than they deserve.
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