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Doesn’t it feel like no matter what you do, the kitchen is never quite under control?

It’s a reasonable thing to feel—after all, the average kitchen has more stuff in it than any other room in the house. Which makes sense, considering how many cooking utensils most people need to make their favorite dishes (even if they don’t fancy themselves a chef). It can start to be kind of a bummer seeing it all pile up over time.

Not to worry, though! Instead of worrying about having to throw away your favorite old Crock-Pot, we’ve got some tips here to help you organize small appliances and better get your whole kitchen under control:

 

Toasters: Everyone’s got a toaster, right? The allure of fresh toast and warm bagels in the morning is hard to say no to, but it can be kind of a hassle figuring out where to keep it. Generally speaking, toasters are best kept somewhere out of the way to prevent potential clutter issues and/or safety hazards (due to the heating element and electrical cord). If your countertop has any little nooks or doors to keep them in you should consider tucking it away in there, or if you have the option to keep them off the counter altogether by using a kitchen cart that can be easily moved wherever you need it to be, these options are ideal for safety and convenience.

 

Coffee pots: Similarly, coffee pots are an appliance that’s probably used too often to put away completely, but still needs its own space. Try to find a safe spot that keeps the cord out of the way of anything else (such as a low-hanging shelf or a corner alcove) while still making sure it’s close enough to the sink to avoid having to carry water too far across the kitchen.

 

Serving supplies—trays, mugs, etc: When it comes time for serving (or even preparing) certain bigger dishes, the best place for these is up on their own shelves away from both the more commonly-used dishes and utensils and off the counter to free up valuable space. Clear off some room on wall shelves to keep things like mugs, serving trays, and larger dishes (like bowls) to help reduce the amount of used counter space.

 

Microwaves: For safety reasons, microwaves should be kept on the countertop with plenty of space between the back of the microwave and the wall for better heat dissipation. Try to find an area of your kitchen with open space (far away from cabinet overhangs where possible) and on an outlet that isn’t being used by anything else, ideally away from the sink.

 

Blenders: Unless you’re a big-time health nut who needs their daily smoothie, blenders don’t typically get the sort of day-to-day use you see in things like coffee pots. A good idea for blenders is to keep an open spot by an outlet to plug it in at for temporary use, but when you’re not using it try to keep it somewhere safe on a high shelf in a cabinet (with a door, ideally) to make sure nobody can accidentally get injured by the blades, no matter who’s using it.

 

Beverage bar: If you find yourself serving a lot of cocktails or using a lot of wine in your cooking, you might want to consider using a kitchen cart or baker’s rack to hold onto things like cocktail mixers and coffee supplies and keep them easier to transport (as well as out of the way of other things you can’t really move, like the microwave).

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