Move your heavy small appliances around your kitchen with the touch of a finger with this $1 fix. My family has been doing this for years.
click here to go straight to the tip!
I told you about the week long deep dive I did into organizing my house a while ago. I went through every crammed closet and cupboard in an attempt to make my life easier. The goal was to make my things easier to get to and store them in a place that was logical. For instance, after serious contemplation I decided that keeping hundreds of flower vases instead of coats in my coat closet wasn’t a logical use of space. For one thing they slip off the hangers.
This whirlwind of organizing led me to finally be able to consolidate all my small kitchen appliances in one space. Things like my sous vide machine, stand mixer, Cuisinart and deep fryer were scattered throughout the lower floor of the house in any space they would fit. And yes. One of those things was in my coat closet.
My newly organized dining room cupboard.
Now all my kitchen appliances are in the kitchen. Which, I have to be honest with you, feels a bit weird to me, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.
An entire lower cupboard is now dedicated to these things. The only problem is they’re heavy and I don’t have those cupboard inserts that let you pull the shelves out like drawers. I want them and I think you can still get them for my Martha Stewart cabinets (from Home Depot). I’ve just never got around to getting them.
So I did the next best thing. I spent $1 on felt pads.
Yup. A $1 felt pad.
Felt pads on the bottom of small appliances makes them slip out of cupboards easily instead of either sticking or bump, bump, bumping along.
Like this …
It’s also a great solution for the bottom of your coffee maker if you have to slide it across the counter to fill it up. Any small appliance that is heavy and hard to move. In fact if you have a small child that’s difficult to move you can cover them with felt pads and just push them around the house. A small harness around their belly that’s attached to your leg and you can smoothly drag them wherever you go. Practical and fun!
Felt pads. They aren’t just for chairs anymore.
The other thing I did to make pulling small appliances out of my cupboard easier is, I added another piece of wood (particleboard actually) to the bottom of my cupboard. This raises up the bottom of the cupboard slightly. There’s a lip you see and it stops you from being able to drag anything on the bottom shelf easily.
Another reason to put felt on the bottom of your small appliances, is because without them the rubber feet on the appliances can mark your counters and cupboards when you drag and push them.
The white pads I’m using here aren’t my favourite but I have a ton of them. They’re from Ikea. The best ones I’ve ever bought are from Dollarama because they’re thick, stiff and sticky. We’re all thinking the same joke here, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Speaking of sticky: The reason the nubs on the bottom of small appliances are rubber to to stop them from skating across your countertop. This is especially true for stand mixers and food processors. So DON’T leave them unattended on the counter when they have felt pads on them or they could skitter right off the counter.
Everyone in my family does this little $1 felt trick with their appliances, especially things on the counter so since you’re like family I thought you should know about it too.
Also when I was out shopping with Betty the other day she screamed at me and told me I absolutely HAD to do a post about putting felt on everything. She stamped her foot and everything. She was positively maniacal about it.
Welcome to the family.
→Follow me on Instagram where I often make a fool of myself←