Everyone welcome Teri Kieffer! This is her first post for us as an Unclutterer writer.
You’ve been a good Unclutterer and gone through your cabinets and discarded the items you never use. You’ve put away the rarely used appliances that sat on your countertop. For those with a good size kitchen, you’re done. Your kitchen is uncluttered. But what about the rest of us?
If you’re like me and you rent an apartment or own a condo with a tiny kitchen, your counter space still doesn’t offer enough room to cook a complete meal. I have size and poor design to deal with in my kitchen. I can clear my counters completely and still have a difficult time finding space to cut vegetables. To work around this dilemma, I have found a solution: A kitchen cart.
I used to think kitchen carts were silly. That is, until I had a real use for one. Now, I can’t exist without it.
My cart won’t fit inside the kitchen, so I have to store it against the wall across from the kitchen entrance. When it’s time to cook, I just wheel the cart over to the kitchen and, suddenly, I have all the counter space I need. It also blocks off the entrance, keeping my husband and the dog out of my cooking space.
Here is what to look for in a kitchen cart:
- Sturdy – You need to be able to chop things on it, so go for something that won’t rock or cause you to slice your fingers
- Wheels – You should be able to move it where you need to use it
- Wire Racks – This feature is great for holding mixing bowls and other items used for cooking
- Hooks (optional) – If you’re also short on drawer space, the hooks are nice for utensils