Q: Counter space is so coveted in our house and both my husband and I hate the look of a utensil caddy filled with all our tongs and spatulas and ladles. Are there any creative ways to store commonly used utensils without cramming them all in jars on the counter but still keep them handy and easily accessible?
Sent by Jessica
Editor: Christine, sure! One of the most common ways to store utensils is to hang them. You can use a rail system attached to your backsplash, or hang the tools on a pegboard or directly on the wall. We like the look of this when it is done well; it can look very sleek. IKEA has their GRUNDTAL rail system that is fairly inexpensive, too.
The drawback to hanging utensils on the wall is that you need to have a fairly well-edited collection. If your spatulas and whisks are having babies then this probably isn't a good option for you. It is also a little tricky when it comes to things like wooden spoons or other utensils that don't have a hanging loop.
So another option is to just find drawer space. Do you have an extra drawer that would store your wooden spoons? Perhaps you could arrange some combination of drawer storage and a wall rail.
Readers, do you have creative ideas for utensil storage? What do you do in your own kitchen?
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