I’m a big fan of kitchen gadget stores. I love to browse the catalogs, websites and the actual aisles, looking at tools, appliances and decorator items.
But I rarely buy anything. I like to be resourceful and use what I have. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.
Take microwave splatter shields. Really good idea. I hate, hate, hate to clean the microwave (true fact: more than once I’ve thought about just buying a new one instead of scrubbing something off the ceiling of the existing one). But they seem really expensive for what they are.
Last winter, in a fit of organizing, I threw away or gave away all my mismatched plastic food storage containers and switched over to glass. At the last second, I snatched two very sturdy lids back from the pile.
Why? Because they were the perfect size to use as splatter shields for my bowls. They cover almost all of the top of the bowl, but let a little space exist on the corners for steam to escape.
And they are sturdy enough to use as a placemat/trivet for the hot item to be carried from the microwave to the coffee table.
You do eat all your meals on your coffee table, right? 🙂