15 Space-Saving Kitchen Gadgets

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The kitchen is often the heart of the home, but for small-homeowners and apartment dwellers, it can also become the bane of your existence when space is at a premium. To maximize every inch of precious countertop, check out these 15 essential items that will make your life in the kitchen less cluttered.
  1. Tool Academy

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    For cooks with truly limited space, this multipurpose utensil is a dream come true. This set includes a funnel, lemon juicer, spice grater, egg masher, cheese grater, lid grip for loosening stubborn jar tops, egg separator and a 1 1/4 measuring cup.

    SHOP NOW: All-in-one kitchen tool set, $40, Bin Akebono, MoMAStore.org
  2. Made to Measure


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    Measuring cups aren’t very bulky to begin with, but this charming set is even more efficient than most— each cup collapses when not in use for flatter storage.

    SHOP NOW: Measuring cups, $20, Chef’n, SurLaTable.com
  3. Knife Skills

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    When a traditional knife block takes up too much of your counter space, consider a rack that mounts to the wall. We particularly like this sleek walnut wood design. 

    SHOP NOW: Walnut knife rack, from $88, PureHome.com
  4. Multiple Choice

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    A perfect housewarming gift, this all-inclusive nested set includes large and small nonslip mixing bowls, a colander, stainless-steel sieve/strainer and five measuring cups.

    SHOP NOW: Nest 9, $50, Bill Holding and Ben Cox, MoMAStore.org
  5. Off the Wall

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    We are big fans of wire baskets in the kitchen for their versatility. Simply mount them on wall and they can hold pots, tools, books, spices or anything else you want to keep at arms reach. 

    SHOP NOW: Wire kitchen basket, $10, Ikea, Amazon.com
  6. Grate Expectations

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    A grater is an indispensable chef’s tool, and this ingenious model folds flat when not in use, so it can be easily stored in a drawer. We also consider this a two-in-one gadget, thanks to its handy mandolin side. 

    SHOP NOW: Fold-flat box grater, $45, Goodwin Hartsthorn, MoMAStore.org

  7. Bowled Over

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    This colander not only collapses to save space, it does double-duty as a steamer. And you couldn’t ask for better, bolder colors in the kitchen.

    SHOP NOW: Collapsible colander, $60, Rösle, SurLaTable.com
  8. Spin Cycle

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    A salad spinner is an invaluable kitchen aid, but it’s bulky shape takes up precious cabinet space. This inventive spinner collapses to slide easily into a drawer, and the bowl also can be removed and used as a colander.

    SHOP NOW: Collapsible salad spinner, $18, Target.com
  9. Play It Cool

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    No matter how much counter space you have, you can never find enough room when it comes to preparing for a large party or your annual cookie swap. This gadget gives you plenty of rack space, and can be used for anything from homemade pasta to bread. We also love that it collapses for easy storage when not in use.

    SHOP NOW: Adjustable cooling rack, $20, Linden Sweden, Amazon.com
  10. Cardinal Tools

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    Say good-bye to messy, cluttered drawers and lost utensils with this nesting set that includes a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon and ladle.

    SHOP NOW: Nest utensils, $25, JosephJoseph.com
  11. Small Wonder

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    This compact, portable tool includes three surfaces for grating anything: superfine for citrus zest and spices, coarse for vegetables and soft cheeses and starburst for hard cheeses and chocolate.

    SHOP NOW: Three-in-one pocket grater, $10, Cuisipro, SurLaTable.com
  12. Roll Model

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    This handy silicone mat features a size guide printed on its surface, and rolls right up to be stored away.

    SHOP NOW: Roll-up pastry mat, $18, JosephJoseph.com
  13. Room and Board

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    If you’re lacking counter space, this over-the-sink cutting board instantly becomes the perfect surface for chopping, dicing and slicing. The collapsible colander comes in handy too, as you can easily rinse foods with the same tool. 

    SHOP NOW: Over-the-sink cutting board, $40, KnifeMerchant.com
  14. Low Profile

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    If even your stovetop space is at a premium, consider a collapsible kettle. This silicone and stainless steel jug is also great for traveling or camping, but it’s such a great color that you might want to leave it out on display.

    SHOP NOW: Collapsible teakettle, $30, Better Houseware, Amazon.com
  15. Cut It Out

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    Each of these colored boards has a tab to designate it for different types of food, but best of all, they all slide right into their stylish and sleek storage case when not in use. 

    SHOP NOW: Index advance chopping board set, $65, JosephJoseph.com