I remember the first time I put a Lazy Susan inside of my refrigerator. Refrigerator organization is not easy. For years I have continued to refine what works in my and my clients’ refrigerators. The number one tip that I use in every single refrigerator is using Lazy Susans.
When I first took a look at my refrigerator and how the space is being used, I realized that much of the shelf space is being used for condiment-like items. For a few years, I kept trying to maximize the door storage and move all of the condiments off of the shelves and into the doors.
I was able to successfully move dressings, sauces, drinks, jams, jellies and butter onto the doors. But my shelves were still filled with cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, pickles, salsa, horseradish, Port wine cheese and other small containers.
Then one day, I took a look at the refrigerator again and realized that I could move the shelf that all the smaller items were on closer to the next shelf up and create a 6 inch shelf opening that will perfectly fit all of these items. However, I would only be able to reach what was right in front.
That’s when I added the Lazy Susan. By adding a Lazy Susan on that 6 inch shelf, I was able to put all of those items on the same shelf and then spin it from the front and access everything.
This gave me more space in my refrigerator on the other shelves both in height and in area. Note from Katie: This would be perfect for small jars of fermented foods you want to remember to eat at every meal, refrigerated probiotics or things like ground flax, whey, or small jars of flour for soaking oatmeal properly…
Okay, so… years later I was very frustrated with my pantry. Again, I had a lot of extra condiments and single bottles of things that I didn’t buy in multiples.
It was easy to organize my tomato soup because I bought those by the case. Chicken soup could go right next to that, because, again, I buy that pantry item by the case. If I had them three or four deep in the pantry, I knew that the can behind the one in front of it was the same item.
But when it came to condiments, I would buy one extra ketchup, one extra mustard, one extra Italian dressing, and I wouldn’t buy them by the case. So, I ended up reaching into my dark pantry and trying to figure out which lid was the item that I needed to grab out to replace what I had just used up.
Then I decided to add a Lazy Susan to my pantry. Now just like in the refrigerator, I could spin the Lazy Susan and see all of the condiments that I had bought in order to replenish what I just finished using.
One Item to Organize All Areas
Once I realized how well Lazy Susans work in these two instances, I started brainstorming where else I could put Lazy Susans in my kitchen and my home. In my cabinets on the very tip top shelf, I will put a Lazy Susan to store other less frequently used baking items.
My spices are already on a spinnable carousel. But most of my clients buy individual spice jars. I almost always install Lazy Susans in their cabinets so they could see what spices they have available to them. I keep extra spices that are duplicates in the center of the Lazy Susan so that when one runs out, they can look inside the Lazy Susan and see if they have an extra.
Lazy Susans also work well in corner cabinets. I added this 18 inch Lazy Susan last year and created a morning Lazy Susan for everything I need on school mornings. The possibilities are endless!
What hazardous space in your house could use a spin? Would you ever put one in your fridge – and what goes on it?
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