Make a Simple Kitchen Fix This Weekend

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Spring cleaning season is here and AT:Chicago shared a new way way to get going: we're casing our apartments for the Simple-but-Never-Gets-Done Fix. Of course, we're starting in the kitchen.

We lived with a paper towel dispenser left over from the previous tenant for years. A bent metal contraption, it was hard to change the roll and it didn't always spin. It was a little inconvenience, but it sure was irritating.

We installed this Simple Human paper towel holder ($24.99, SimpleHuman.com or Bed Bath and Beyond) and oh what a difference. It works better, looks better, and should last longer, even if it did cost more than other paper towel holders. It is a little detail in a little kitchen that's makes us happy. The snazzy new holder's firm grip also reminds us to use less.

Do you have some little, inexpensive kitchen problem you can fix this weekend?

What single, simple thing can you fix in your kitchen this weekend? Need to oil your cutting board or season a skillet? Maybe you just need to replace the drain basket or tighten the hardware on your cabinets? Does the light bulb in your oven work, is the clock on the microwave set? Pick one and go for it!

We're going to tackle a drawer full of kitchen gadgets: fondue forks stabbing through the holes in the steamer, a set of strainers from a garage sale, too many spoons . . . you get the picture.

Post your quick fix in the comments if you like, Flickr us before and after pix if you dare, and we'll help each other get going.

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