5 Accessories I Won’t Buy for My Kitchen

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5 Accessories I Won’t Buy for My Kitchen

I’ve heard it said that everything we bring into our homes needs some kind of maintenance eventually. That’s why it’s important to think carefully about what we buy. For example, there are many kitchen accessories out there that seem like good ideas. But, when I stopped to think about it, many of these necessities are just more things that I’ll have to clean regularly.

Here are 5 accessories I won’t buy for my kitchen. Think about the time and money you’ll save by doing without them.

A Utensil Holder


I don’t need a holder that’s only purpose is to hold utensils beside the stove. I’ve got a cupboard full of mugs of every size. I use one of the larger ones to hold my utensils. My Disney mugs are reminders of happy times with my late husband and add a dash of my own personality to the kitchen. Plus, I can switch them out every now and then and pop them into the dishwasher to clean them.

A Sink Liner

I’ve never had a sink liner. I guess I could never see the sense in having one. I suppose a sink liner is meant to help prevent breakage but, these days, most of us have dishwashers and very little, if any, glassware gets washed in the sink anyway.  

Rubber Grip Jar Opener

Years ago, I bought a flexible silicone trivet from the dollar store. Besides its original purpose, it’s also useful  whenever I need to get a grip on a jar lid to help me open it.

You could also just cut a square out of some rubberized drawer liner to use for the purpose. Some of the jar openers I’ve seen are made of the same stuff anyway.

Sponge Holder Tray


I did have one of these for years and, even though I could put it in the dishwasher to clean it, I still had to clean the section of counter it had been sitting on. I decided it was more of a nuisance than a help and got rid of it.

Now I store my cleaning sponges and scrubbers in a small plastic tray under the sink out of sight and just leave the dishwashing liquid by the sink. It’s a less cluttered look that suits me much better.

Icing Spatula

I don’t own a spatula that’s only used to frost cakes. A while ago, I bought a small, two-ended spatula from Dollar Tree. The small end is perfect for spreading frosting on a cupcake or mayo on a sandwich. It’s also a great tool to have on hand when you’re trying to get the last of the peanut butter out of a jar.

I like tools that serve more than one use, don’t you?


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