Appliance Cabinet Before & After: I Discovered the Best Way to Store Food Processor Blades

published Mar 10, 2015
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(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

In our small kitchen, we like to keep everything up and off the countertops. That’s where this little cabinet comes into play. We don’t have many small appliances, yet their storage cabinet had somehow managed to fall into a state of chaos. I set out to straighten things up in a way that made the appliances and their accessories easy to access and easy to put away:

(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

Before, the cabinet simply “caught” whatever we “threw” at it. Accessories were sprinkled between the two shelves, on top of the blender base, and behind the coloring book (yes, somehow a coloring book had found its way to this cabinet). Really small appliances, like the immersion blender, ended up floating on the shelf with no real “home”. What I sought was a way to corral accessories so I didn’t have to dig around every time I needed to use a small appliance.

The answer, once again, was a clear bin. It houses small accessories and handhelds like the immersion blender so that the only stand-alone items on the shelves are the appliances themselves. This makes it a cinch to grab what I need without rummaging.

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I didn’t want sharp blades floating around in the bin, however, so I also mounted a magnetic strip in the back of the cabinet. My inspiration for this came months ago when I spotted a food processor blade hanging on the knife rack of a now-lost inspiration kitchen. (Here’s a similar example!) This gave me the idea to hang a rack dedicated to such accessories.

This is where the food processor’s accessories are. The door would have been a possible place for this strip, too, but something about opening a door with sharp blades hanging on it left me feeling uneasy.

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Where do you store your small appliances?