Magnets are an overlooked and under-appreciated ally in kitchen storage and organization. This is especially true in small kitchens with few cabinets and paltry counter space. Here are ten clever products that use magnets to help keep what you need at hand and help give your kitchen an uncluttered, streamlined look.
Stick 'Em Magnetic Kitchen Towel by Full Circle, $8.99
I've hung my kitchen towel around my refrigerator handle and on a hook, but I'm really enjoying the ease of use of just sticking it right to the fridge. I whip it off when I'm in a hurry and throw it right back on. If you have a stainless steel fridge with high nickel content, magnets may not stick - check the sides of the fridge which may have a different material or, as pictured, try it on your oven or other large appliance.
Magnetic Measuring Spoons, set of 5, $13.30
If you don't cook or bake often, I wouldn't recommend cluttering your oven or fridge up with these, but if you do, hanging up one or two may save you time picking through your utensils. And, of course, if you nest them, the magnets hold the set together.
Magnetic tablet & cell phone stand by Kebelo, $25.99
If you like to read recipes on your tablet or phone while you cook, you might like a stand to hold it. This one works by inserting a thin metal disc in your holder (or adhering it directly to the device) and then attaching it to the magnetic base. It rotates 360° so you can adjust it to the most comfortable angle for you.
Magnetic Spice Jars by GneissSpice, set of 10, $50
Free up cabinet space and hang your spices right on your fridge. GneissSpice offers empty or spice-filled magnetic glass jars and there are plenty of sources (like World Market) for magnetic tin ones.
SinkMate Accessory Kit by Elkay, $69.99
This product is a bit of an investment and requires access to the outer wall of your sink (to adhere a magnetic mounting strip), but is a clever way to streamline your counters with a magnetic sponge holder, hook and ledge. Skoy makes a similar product that is a rail.
A magnetic knife rack is a no-brainer in a small kitchen. You can mount them to your wall, or if you're a renter, consider a double magnetic holder that you can put on your fridge. And you don't have to limit yourself to knives - hang up any metal utensils you like. I've gone in deep on this topic before; you can find options to buy or diy here.
Magnetic Hook Rack, $14.99
There are tons of magnetic hooks available to help you free up counter space. The one above holds utensils. This one holds paper towels or tea towels.
Most of us don't open enough bottles to warrant a mounted opener, but if you do, why not get a magnetic one that sticks to your fridge. It has the nifty side effect of catching your metal tops.
Magnetic Spot Scrubber, $9.99
This one seemed a little goofy until I watched a video of it in action and I could definitely see the value if you have oddly shaped, small or otherwise hard-to-clean glassware. Here's how it works: both pieces are magnetic; you drop the small side into your vessel and use the other handled side to scrub.