Good Product: Folding Step Stool

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In a small kitchen there's nowhere to go but up when you're looking for creative storage options. Counter space is at a premium, so stacking is the way to go.

But this creates a usability problem for those of us who are vertically challenged - I'm five foot nothing, and it's a constant struggle to haul things down from high cupboards. Even for those taller than myself, this can be a problem when shelves are stacked up to the ceiling.

Enter this collapsible step stool ($17.99, The Museum of Useful Things). Hazard cone orange, it folds to just two inches wide, so you can slide it between the fridge and a cupboard when you're not using it and keep that small space clear.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.