Great Way To Keep Kitchen Utensils In Reach

United States
February 14, 2007 6:04pm CST
In the past, I have kept all my kitchen utensils in a large Clay Pot that I received for a wedding gift. I am finding that I now have too many to store this way. I am having to keep some of them in a drawer. This makes it difficult because I have to search for the right Utensil when I need it. I hate that. I really like to know where everything is so I can grab it quickly. Knowing where everything is will shorten your time in the kitchen. It will also save you from stressing out. Thus making cooking an enjoyable hobby or task. I have just received my Lowes newsletter and in it was the link to a great project to keep all your utensils easy to access. All you need is a curtain rod. They are easy to find at thrift stores or yard sales. The sturdier, the better. I will be choosing a round rod. Spray Paint your rod whatever color you desire. My kitchen is done in black cast iron so I will paint mine black. You will also need the equipment to hang your rod with. Dont forget to paint it to match your rod. You will need enough S hooks to hang all your utinsils with. They suggest 1 1/2 inch S hoks. Since the slotted spoon, wire whip and other utinsels are not heavy this should be really great. Now hang your utensils. You are done. Now how easy was that? I did something similar in my washroom to hang my brooms, mops and even my mob bucket on. I used 2 shelf hangers with a hook on the end and used a broom handle to hang them on. I have plenty of S hooks left so this project will be easy for me to do. I also have a curtain rod that I can use. Now I just need it to get warm so I can go outside and paint it. Allow your rod and hanging equipment to dry before hanging it up. secure the rod to the wall at each end and in the center.
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15 responses
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
15 Feb 07
That is a great idea Anne. I don't have a place in my kitchen to use for utensils, but I sure have a place in the garage for brooms, mops and other cleaning items. Thanks, any help getting this house organized is appreciated. Now if I can force/pry myself away from myLot long enough to go do the project!
• United States
15 Feb 07
You are so funny. If you had not been on mylot, you would not have heard this tip. LOL Glad you can use it.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
15 Feb 07
This is such a good idea and one that when I return to my house will be used. I have a grand kitchen and this would be so perfect in it. I look forward to making and hanging this and thanking you for this wondeful idea. Thanks for sharing this!!
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I just loved the idea and thought that someone else may enjoy it too. Glad you can use it. I hope you get back in your home soon. I think of you often.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
what a wonderful idea. Thank you for that. I won't do it here since I am going to be moving soon, but I will definately do it at the new house. Thanks so much.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
This is another great Idea, I have a small kitchen and need little tricks to make it more work friendly, I will have to try and work some of this into my kitchen.
• United States
18 Feb 07
If you dont have room for the curtain rod, you could use a long towel holder. I dont know what they are called. lOL The thing that you hang your towel on in the bathroom. You could probaby get one at a yard sale or thrift store for cheap
@GardenGerty (92203)
• Marion, Kansas
18 Feb 07
I saw a similar approach to hangin pictures, in a magazine. Hang the pictures by ribbon bows from a curtain rod. Put them at varying heights. I am going to have to look around my kitchen. I know I have old curtain rods, just need to find the right spot.
• United States
16 Feb 07
Will you never cease to amaze me with your ideas! You are always so clever. I wish that I was able to not only do the things you do; but then to turn around and share them as well. We are so blessed to know you ~Donna
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@kittyloki (141)
• United States
15 Feb 07
that really is a good idea and I'll be doing it in my kitchen. I have way to many utensils. I two drawers full and one of those little stand up holders that doesn't hold many at all.
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
15 Feb 07
That's a great idea. I've used pegboard on my kitchen wall and installed hoks for hanging pots and utensils.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
15 Feb 07
You know, that is a pretty cool idea!!!! I wonder if I can talk my partner into that! My refrigerator is right beside the counter and beside that is the stove. I wander if they have magnet rod for like hanging up towels on the fridge and that could be used the same way instead of installing a rack! Thanks for the great idea! I will have to look into that!
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@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
15 Feb 07
We've done this, but a bit of warning, dont forget to look for 2 studs to screw or nail in each end of your rod! Drywall alone will not handle the load, no matter how little utensils/brooms you out on it. :-D
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• United States
15 Feb 07
What an awesome idea, I have so many utensils in drawers it isn't funny, LOL. I'm going to recruit my hubby to take care of this project. Thank you so much!
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• United States
18 Feb 07
Great idea. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I really think that is clever.
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@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
18 Feb 07
This would also be good for stuffed animals, as long as you did not put to many on. They also have the hardware to support the center to help support something as heavy as this. Thanks for the idea! :)
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
15 Feb 07
What great ideas, I need both badly. My landlord has my house up for sale so not going to bother doing it here but will certainly in my next home - although, there is always the possibility the house won't sell and I'll get to stay. I love it here and hate to move.
@dhouston (417)
• United States
15 Feb 07
That's a great idea. I've used pegboard on my kitchen wall and installed hooks for hanging pots and utensils.
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