The 3 Most Brilliant Ways to Use Command Hooks in Your Kitchen

updated Apr 14, 2020
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Command hooks have to be among the most versatile household problem-solvers. You can use them to hang tools and gadgets from your backsplash, or to dangle planters over your sink, or to affix a file folder to a wall in attempts to organize your container lids. Yes, there are many ways to use them (including some super-surprising ones)! Because there are so many, I like to keep a small stockpile, of all types and sizes, on hand. This way, when I see a new smart idea, I have hooks ready to go.

Have your own stockpile? Looking for some brilliant-yet-easy upgrades for your kitchen? Here are three of the single best ways to use Command hooks in the hardest-working room in the house. You’ll wish you had known about these hacks much earlier.

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1. Keep garbage bags in place.

Command hooks are great for keeping your trash liner where it’s supposed to be: lining your garbage can. If your trash bag happens to fall into the can, things can get ugly — especially if people keep tossing trash in the can before anyone realizes what’s happened. But a Command hook stuck to the outside of the garbage bin can prevent the issue from happening in the first place. Affix a hook upside down on the side of your can so that you can pull the drawstring handle out and attach it with just enough tension to hold the bag in place. 

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2. Create a foil and parchment dispensing station.

Is it just me or are all those rolls of plastic wrap, foil, parchment paper, and wax paper just impossible to store neatly? Enter: Command hooks.

First, push in the little tabs that keep the roll in place in the box. Then, thread a wooden dowel through the roll and set it on hooks that have been hung in just the right spots. This smart idea can be executed on a blank wall in your pantry or even on the back of a cabinet door, making good use of space that would otherwise go to waste.

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3. Store pot lids.

Pots are usually easy to nest, but their lids are often another story. Stacking them on top of pot piles or to the side often creates a mild chaos of about-to-topple metal that’s, frankly, the last thing you need when you’re trying to get dinner on the stove.

Command hooks come to the rescue again. First, take your lids out of your cabinet and set them against the back of the door to see how many will fit and what configuration will work best. Then grab two Command hooks per lid and stick them on the door at 8:00 and 4:00 (pretending your lid is a clock face) so that the hooks face inward. Slide your lids down to rest in the hooks and you’ve got yourself a custom lid storage solution. Again, you’ve organized something in otherwise wasted space — and you’ve freed up other space.

Got any other smart ideas you want to share? Leave them in the comments below.