25 Smart Little Kitchen Upgrades That Only Cost $10 Or Less
Useful AND on-budget.
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1. A handheld knife sharpener so you can finally stop dicing your veggies with a frustratingly dull knife.
2. An organizer rack ready to sort out almost anything you need it to: from skillets to sauté pans to lids to baking sheets to cutting boards.
3. A wire shelf so you can double up your storage space anywhere you need to stash and access small things, like under your sink, in your freezer, and yes, in your cabinets.
4. A stainless steel soap bar because garlic and onion are essentials to make so many of your favorite recipes super flavorful, but the smell lingers on your fingers for hours — and to eliminate them, all you have to do is "wash" your hand with this under some running water.
5. An avocado slicer perfect for making quick avo toast for breakfast, even on days when you're running a little late.
6. A set of 30 adhesive spice grips to make it easy to set up a spice rack basically anywhere that's most convenient for you.
7. A wood polish and conditioner that practically erases damage as if it was never there, so your kitchen table and chairs that have had one too many water (and juice and beer) glasses sweat on them — *and* your somewhat beat-up kitchen cabinets — can all look practically new again.
8. A durable pair of kitchen shears you'll reach for again and again to trim chicken and open tough packages.
9. A simple bench scraper — it's hands-down the quickest, easiest way to transfer everything from your cutting board to your sauté pan without dropping a single diced veggie.
10. A set of two brightly-colored silicone ice cube trays because you're tired of buying new ice cube trays that just break on you after a few months of use.
11. A towel rack that screws directly into your cabinets so you can conveniently dry your hands and dishes but still keep your towels out of sight.
12. A pencil sharpener like–handheld spiralizer so you can turn sweet potatoes, zucchini, and even carrots into delicious (low-carb!) veggie noodles with just a few quick twists.
13. A chrome over the door–basket — it will finally organize your plastic container lids, ziplock bags, or most-used cookbooks once and for all.
14. A dishwasher indicator to ensure you never load dirty dishes into a clean dishwasher ever again... or accidentally put away dirty but impeccably well-rinsed dishes with the clean ones.
15. A durable non-slip silverware tray that keeps pieces of silverware in place, so they don't slide around every time you open the drawer.
16. Or a non-traditional silverware sorter because it takes up half the space of other organizers, so you can use the rest of the drawer to store so much more.
17. A set of silicone gap covers so you don't accidentally drop crumbs or sauce down that pesky bit of space between your stove and your countertop anymore, and instead can quickly wipe up any mess with a sponge.
18. A mini colander that's made for those recipes that call for ~drained and rinsed~ cans of beans, fruit, or whatever — you'll be able to easily dump all the juice without losing a single bit of food.
19. A set of three flexible cutting mats perfect for permanently designating to different tasks: one for meat and poultry, one for fish, and one for veggies.
20. A 12-inch lazy Susan turntable — it's easy to slide into a cabinet or onto a pantry or fridge shelf so you can always find the particular condiment or bottle you're looking for in just a few seconds, no need to dig.
21. A set of plastic knives that your aspiring Master Chef will love if they like to help with cooking but are kinda scared of (or just plain too young for) regular chef's knives.
22. A roll-out dish drying rack because it sits directly over the sink so you don't have to think about losing counter space to wet dishes for even one minute. And because it rolls, it stores nice and compactly and is perfect for even the tiniest kitchens.
23. A sponge caddy for your double sink, so whether you use a sponge, steel wool, a smiling Scrub Daddy, or some combination of the three, they're convenient to reach for and can always dry out completely.
24. And a Jetz-Scrubz sponge that'll literally be the *only* kitchen sponge you'll need for like, the next four to six months.
25. A magnetic meal planning notepad — featuring a perforated grocery list that's easy to tear off while leaving the plan in place — so you can feel organized and prepared for whatever each day has to bring.
You, talking out loud to yourself after trying even one of these little kitchen upgrades:
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