Collapsing Clutter

Posted by: Shel Harrington 18 Comments

Collapsing ClutterDoes kitchen clutter cause conflict in your home? Maybe I’m just projecting here! It’s been my experience that one way to learn some new (not-so-good) words is to be present while a spouse tries to open a kitchen drawer that is jammed. Some utensil, in an apparent attempt to escape, is now lodged in such a way that opening the drawer results in a major tug-of-war. There are no winners in that battle.

That’s why I was delighted to learn there are collapsible forms of some of our everyday kitchen gadgetry. These space-saving designs can make kitchen drawer tug-of-war obsolete. Here are five I like.

1. Salad Spinner. Once one starts using a salad spinner to have moist, crisp greens, it becomes necessary. But it takes up a lot of room in the cupboard. Unless, of course, you discover one of the many options of the collapsible version.Collapsible Plastic Salad Spinner2. Dexas Pop Silicone Colander. Not only does it fold flat, it has its own legs so you don’t have to hold it while draining or figure out how to attach it to the sink.

   Courtesy of kk.org
Courtesy of kk.org

 

3. Fold-flat Box Grater. Pictured here is the Joseph-Joseph-4-in-1. A web search of ‘folding graters’ will turn up numerous design choices.blog joseph-joseph-4-in-1-fold-flat-box-grater-xl

4. Tea Kettle. This is a great product for someone who likes the occasional cup of tea but doesn’t want a kettle gathering dust on the stovetop. It’s also a great gift for campers.

  Courtesy of gizmag.com
Courtesy of gizmag.com

 

5. Folding Whisk. This is my absolute favorite because we use whisks at my house the way some people use wooden spoons – we always want a good one on hand. With this twist-to-fold-flat design we don’t have to worry about distorted wires from drawer-jam abuse.

          Courtesy of uncommongood.com
Courtesy of uncommongood.com

 

Hopefully collapsing kitchen clutter will bring peace to your home. The only down-side is you’ll have to expand your vocabulary the old-fashioned way – using the dictionary!

Hope you have a wonderful, uncluttered weekend!

 

 

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  • Suzanne

    These would be perfect for my friend Misti Pryors teardrop trailer!

    • Shel Harrington

      Space is definitely a premium in those cuties! There are also collapsible mugs, cups and bowls for the everyday needs.

  • Count me in on the collapsible salad spinner! Who knew?

  • Interesting. I didn’t know some of that stuff existed, and the whisk is intriguing because I keep shoving the big spoons into the whisk wires!

    • Shel Harrington

      I didn’t either! Every time I looked for one item I’d see something else. Lin says they have collapsible bowls, too – I think I’ll check that out to see if they come with lids.

  • Lou & Gene

    Can you come help at my house, when you are finished with your kitchen? Or maybe, I need to come to your house and help you first?

    • Shel Harrington

      Let’s start at my house for practice. And just in case we’re too tired to do two!

  • good ideas-just saw my first collapible bowl this weekend.

    • Shel Harrington

      Haven’t seen those, but I love the idea. Especially if they have lids – it would be nice to be able to keep the bowls and lids (stacked?) together! Have a good weekend, Lin!

  • #1, 2, 3, and 5 (I use my teapot a lot) would be GREAT gifts for say… a favorite sister! Just sayin’… 😀

    • Shel Harrington

      You’re right – I’m SO excited about the gifts I’ll be receiving!!

  • Timely post! This morning I spent a good twenty minutes figuring out why one of my sliding shelves wouldn’t work only to find a now-defunct plastic container had fallen behind it. Collapsible is looking very good to me about now.

    • Shel Harrington

      One reader mentioned collapsible bowls. Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to stack bowls with lids?

  • Colander looks amazing! Oh my goodness this post almost makes me want to cook!

  • As a big tea drinker, I love the collapsible tea kettle. Anything that takes up less space is a great idea to me. Happy Weekend!

    • Shel Harrington

      Who knew a tea kettle could be folded up??? And there is a nice color selection, too!

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