The “So Smart” $1 Dollar Tree Organizer That Works in Every Room (It Won’t Last Long!)

published Jun 7, 2024
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June 3, 2019: Dollar tree store in Toronto.  Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. is an American chain of discount variety stores.
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My kitchen counter is the part of my home I’m constantly trying to improve. There’s very limited real estate, so every inch and item counts! Some pro organizers say only four things should live on the kitchen counter at once to minimize clutter, with everyday utensils at the top of the list. Of course, these cooking essentials also need somewhere to rest to keep the counter clean, and finding the most space-saving, aesthetically-pleasing storage option can be a challenge. Of course, that’s where Dollar Tree, a one-stop shop for all things affordable home organization, comes in. 

Shoppers are raving about the discount superstore’s latest spring releases, and the Vacu Vin utensil rest is receiving tons of internet kudos for its versatility. Its thoughtful design puts standard spoon rests to shame! It’s sleek and lightweight while also able to hold up to four tools in evenly spaced cutouts. At only 5.51 inches by 5.51 inches, the holder barely takes up any space, and most of its surface area is its drip-catching reservoir. It’s made of non-slip, heat-safe silicone, so it’s guaranteed to elevate your cooking experience while making for an easy cleanup. And did I mention it’s only $1.25? That price is truly unbeatable!

But that’s not all this utensil rest is good for. The coolest thing about it has to be its multipurpose organizing potential. The video creator above shows how the rest can perfectly support a wooden spoon, but also a tablet, a gaming console, and a phone in its respective notches. “It works great as intended but don’t be afraid to think outside the box!” she says.

People are ooh-ing and aah-ing in the comments, suggesting additional creative uses for the utensil rest, such as storage for cutting boards or paint brushes. This kitchen must-have isn’t currently listed on the Dollar Tree website, so in-store is your best bet at bringing a new utensil rest (or device charging station!) home. 

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In case you don’t live near a Dollar Tree — or it’s already sold out at your local store, don’t worry. The exact product is available on Amazon if you’re looking for the same brand. Alternatively, you can snag a two-pack of nearly identical, highly rated utensil rests on Amazon for a few dollars more than Dollar Tree’s in-store option — plus, it ships directly to your door. Sometimes, the best gifts for yourself (and others) are also the most unexpected!

Buy: 2-Pack Silicone Spoon Rest, $6.99

This post originally ran on The Kitchn. See it there: The “So Smart” $1 Dollar Tree Organizer That Works in Every Room (It Won’t Last Long!)