Written by Jessica Chaffins
Since we have such a small kitchen in our home, it goes with out saying, storage can be a bit of an issue. Luckily, for some of the issues, solutions are pretty simple…for instance…we only have four drawers to use in our kitchen (not very big ones at that) so most of my kitchen utensils reside on the counter top in a big canister.
I like my canister but it does wind up turning into a cluttered mess. For a while I did have toilet paper roll tubes to help keep them from falling over so much. That did work for a while, but the with constant removing and putting back of stuff, the rolls began to tear and just wear out. Well I remembered that my grandfather, who owned endless amounts of kitchen tools (he was a chef for 40 plus years sooooo….), kept them in a large basket. He used pieces of PVC pipe to keep everything upright and neat for easy finding. Goes without saying, I took a trip to my local Lowes to get me a piece of PVC pipe. I didn’t have any idea what size diameter I was going to get, I just did my usual, I eyeballed it. I knew that I didn’t need a very long piece since my canister is only 6″ tall. After looking over what they had, I discovered anything below 1″ diameter was going to be too small and 2″ was going be too big to get very many in the the canister. So I decided on the 1 1/2″ x 60″ , that would be big enough to hold a couple utensils within one piece and my canister will be able to hold a few pieces (hopefully).
Once I got home, I went through and just measured out 4″ sections down the entire piece of pipe. I wanted the pipe to be somewhat “hidden” within the canister but still tall enough for my utensils to stay upright. Now just to get my husband’s hacksaw and cut into pieces….HA!! Got one piece cut off…geez…that was a pain, so I cheated and had my husband cut ’em up for me since he had his miter saw out….phew! So much faster, hehe!!
Now to see how many I can get to fit inside this canister. Surprisingly, I got more in there than I expected. I did place two (2) toilet paper rolls in the gaps just to make sure everything fits “snuggly”. I also wanted to leave that gap along the edge for my tongs since they are too wide to fit within these pieces of pipe. Have to say that I am fairly pleased so far with how this is going. Now it is time to make sure that all this work is gonna pay off….
And we have succeeded!!! Wow, it is crazy how much better I feel just looking at it!! We will actually be able to find tools sooo much easier now!! Makes me wanna cook something now 🙂 I guess better posture is always a good thing!!
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica