Let's be honest: we could all use a little help in the kitchen, especially if it means saving time. With all the joy that the kitchen brings, it seems that we're spending more time cleaning, organizing, and searching, than we are nomming. We should all change that. Here are 3 of our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks of the trade.
1. Use a tension rod under the sink.
How much time have you spent under your sink hunting through a bucket for that glass cleaner? In our experience, the only way to find what you're looking for is to take every single bottle out, since the one we're looking for is inevitably the last one we pull. Keeping cleaning supplies easily accessible is the way get back those lost minutes. We love the smart hack of using a tension rod under the sink to create a new space for hanging bottles and even kitchen cloths.
You can do this yourself in about three seconds! It adds another layer of storage and has the added benefit of making it easier to tell when a cleaning product needs to be replaced.
2. Change trash bags faster with a 'liner pocket'.
We all know there's no worse chore than taking out the trash. There's the taking-out part, and then there's the re-lining the can part, which some of us (ahem) tend to forget until we're standing over the unlined can with a handful of trash. Which is why we're so glad we discovered simplehuman's new time-saving stainless steel rectangular step can. This beautiful — yes, beautiful — new can makes this tedious task, well, simple for any human.
It features an innovative 'liner pocket' that stores and dispenses liners from inside the can – like an elegantly hidden tissue dispenser – which makes for a fast, easy change and eliminates that extra trip to the pantry or the time spent rummaging under the sink (still annoying even if you've organized with tension rods).
We're also partial to how the custom-fit liner sits perfectly in the can, without spilling out the sides. With no inner bucket, the can allows 25% more space for trash, which means fewer trips to the curb. And if the bag is heavier with that extra capacity, simplehuman's liners are extra-strong, so you don't have to worry about leaks and tears.
3. Slice a lot of cherry tomatoes simultaneously.
For years now – YEARS – we thought we had to slice cherry tomatoes one at a time. It's great, if you're looking for several minutes of mindless meditation. But if you actually want to get dinner on the table, we recommend this handy little kitchen hack.
Get two plastic lids that are the same size, and put a bunch of cherry tomatoes on one of the lids (have it so the inner part of the lid is facing up). Then sandwich them inside by putting the other lid right on top. Hold the lid down, grab a knife, and cut through all of them at once. Pull off the lid, and all your cherry tomatoes will be sliced neatly and cleanly. You'll feel like a culinary tomato-slicing wizard, we promise.