We seem to have a love affair with kitchen gadgets and small appliances. A rice cooker, espresso machine, juicer, toaster ovens and slow cookers are all conveniences but are also a bear to store. They also consume a lot of space on our already jam-packed kitchen counters.

Reclaim your kitchen counters with the following strategies.

First of all, avoid buying enormous kitchen gadgets if your counter is already crowded. I usually talk myself out of these purchases by asking myself, “Where will I store it in my kitchen?” Visualize your current storage options. Are they at their limit?

I also ask myself, “How often are you going to use it?” This is particularly true for single use gadgets. Do I really need a rice cooker or can I make do with a sauce pan and lid? Bottom line — think twice before making a purchase.

Another course of action you could take to free up kitchen space is to find alternative storage for these items. If the gadget is used every day, go ahead and leave it on your counter. Seldom used gadgets could be stored in another location. Look for space in a nearby closet or on a basement shelf. Consider borrowing rarely used gadgets, like a Nesco roaster oven or a chocolate fountain from a friend instead of purchasing your own.

Free up space right now by finding a kitchen gadget you can relocate or donate.

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