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Easy iPad Stand
A kitchen is the busiest room in a house and many of us are streamlining our cooking routines with a tablet. Yes, they are sleek, but their holders are often surprisingly clunky, not to mention pricey. Try an almost-invisible, inexpensive acrylic plate stand to prop up the tablet on your desk or kitchen counter, keeping it easily accessible with minimal fuss.
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Frequently used small appliances, such as a toaster and coffeemaker, should be stored on the counter; ones seldom needed on a lower cabinet. Install a drawer onto a deep lower shelf for appliances used occasionally, such as a rice cooker and blender.
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Install a Multipurpose Screen
Setting up a monitor in your kitchen makes room for precious counter space, and can be used as a way to refer to a recipes online. It also works double-duty as a television. Just be sure to keep it a safe distance from the sink and stove.
Photography: WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ4 of 6
Cleverly Disguise Appliances
Here a refrigerator, washer, and dryer hide behind cabinet doors, as well as a toaster and coffeemaker in an appliance "garage" on a pull-out tray.
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Electrical outlets near the top of the island allow you to use small appliances easily, without the cord getting in the way.
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Self-adhesive felt protectors -- like those used to prevent chair legs from scratching the floor -- have another handy application. Stick them under kitchen appliances, such as the toaster, coffeemaker, and electric can opener, which will then glide across the countertop for easy access.