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Tools on Parade
Good storage ideas often can be adapted from room to room. Even the workshop has some lessons to teach. Here's how to get this look:
-- Repurpose metal pegboard accessories designed to organize tools to keep kitchen tools in line.
Up and Away
Utensils are easy to find and never out of reach when hung on "S" hooks from a rod above the cooktop. No need to buy an expensive storage system -- a simple towel rack, tension rod, or dowel can be mounted near the food-prep area.
Flip a Lid
Use dividers to keep pot lids separate from pots and pans. Place the dividers above the range to keep lids out of the way, but within reach when cooking.
Keep sharp utensils stored in a stainless-steel box mounted on the side of a counter or island, and they'll always be easy to find. Consider putting the box inside an upper cabinet door if your household includes small children.
If you don't have a spot for a wall- or ceiling-mount pot rack, recast one or two base cabinets flanking the range. This narrow compartment is just wide enough for favorite pots and pans, which hang from "S" hooks that fit a track on the pullout rack. Cookie sheets and fold-away roasting and cooling racks are also naturals to store in a narrow space.
Once you've had a built-in cutting board, you'll be smitten for life. Beneath the surface, knives are stored on a magnetic strip designed specifically to keep sharp blades from sliding around in drawers.
Bring it home: Look for these strips -- easily retrofitted into your cabinet drawers -- in housewares departments or storage-solution stores.
Disguised to look like the other cabinets, this extra-deep pullout drawer vertically organizes serving platters and shallow baking pans. Wooden dividers make the trays easy to identify and reach.
Pullout drawers rank with lazy Susans as among the most useful advances in kitchen storage -- making heavy baking pans and oversize cookware much more accessible. Plus, your back is saved from twisting and turning to see what's at the back of the shelf.
Save big bucks: To save money, try to find systems that can be retrofitted into existing cabinets.
Deep pullout drawers that flank the range can ensure that the right cookware is never out of arm's reach.
All Dressed Up
If you don't have an island, create one. In its former life, this marble-top bureau kept clothes in order. Now, its drawers hold pots, pans, and bowls. Side panels pitch in with a paper-tower bar and large utensil hooks. The island also houses spices and other at-hand food-prep items.
Take the equipment where you need it with a rolling baker's cart. This version includes plenty of space for large mixing bowls and serving platters.
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