Survey: Do You Use Your Oven for Storage?

Survey: Do You Use Your Oven for Storage?

Kyle Freeman
Jun 11, 2009

My grandparents used to store Cheerios and Raisin Bran in their oven. Rational or not, when I was little it always made me nervous, worrying that the boxes would ignite in the middle of the night and burn the house down. But then I grew up and started a professional organizing and redesign business and realized that using the oven for storage isn't that unusual and is often a necessary piece of real estate in the tiniest of spaces...

I still have vestiges of my childhood safety fear about storing stuff in the oven and personally I'm lucky to have enough storage that I don't need to store stuff in the oven. (The photo above is a dramatization...I don't keep my pretty mixing bowls in the oven.) And using the oven for storage isn't a particularly helpful solution for people who cook a lot. But sometimes it's the perfect nook for overflow kitchen storage.

We'd love to know what, if anything, you store in the oven. Do you share any of our safety concerns or are those completely unfounded?

(Image: Kyle Freeman)

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