Monday, September 26, 2011

Organizing Kitchen Tools

My husband had a brilliant idea awhile ago when we couldn't use a towel bar in our new place. Then he got so frustrated sifting through the kitchen drawers that he got this idea:

This is our rack in the kitchen for our kitchen tools. For this project, you will need a towel rack (single or double), S-hooks from a hardware store and a drill. The towel rack should come with the screws for fixing it to the wall. A stud finder and a level are very helpful as well. 

To install the towel bar, find a location in your kitchen to hang it. It should be the area where you prepare food. In our kitchen, the towel bar is over the cabinet with our butcher blocks. In our old apartment, we put the towel bar over our stove.

Use a stud finder to find the studs in your kitchen wall where you want to put the towel bar. This may or may not change the desired location for the towel bar. Once you have found a stud, move the towel bar into position. It's good to have two people at this point, one to hold the towel bar into position and the other to screw it into place. Hold the towel bar level and screw the first side into the wall. Move to the other end, hold it level and screw it into the wall.

Now you are ready to "decorate" your towel bar! The S-hooks hold up any kitchen tool with a hole in the bottom which we found was practically everything except for pastry cutters and chopsticks. Once you are done, enjoy your towel rack (and your empty drawers). You'll never complain about finding anything again -- we've done this for over 6 years and I've never had a problem.

Estimated time for this project: about 15 minutes to unpack, measure and screw into the wall. It may take about 30 minutes to add the kitchen tools on S-hooks.

  • My husband came up with this idea when we were students and it was so cheap to organize! The S-hooks cost about 3 dollars and the towel bar about $10. 
  • The S-hook for the pasta spoon had to be enlarged so that we could hang it. You may find that you have to pull an S-hook to enlarge it for those tools that have larger handles.

1 comment:

  1. One of the most important task in the kitchen. Keep them where you can find them. I love to have my meat grinder on my eyes. :)