Kitchen Tip: Lazy Susan

Kitchen Tip

One of my favorite things to use for kitchen organization is a lazy Susan. A lazy susan is a kind of turntable.  Placing one on a cabinet shelf can make it easier to reach items at the back.  A lazy Susan is particularly useful for small items such as spices, but I also use it for canned foods.Lipper International Bamboo 10-Inch Single Turntable

Now, it is well known that round storage items waste space because they do not utilize the corners.  However, I have found that the sacrifice is worth while for being able to reach items, and I often do utilize the front corners at least by placing an item (such as a bottle of vinegar) there.

I have a couple of lazy Susan’s in a pantry cupboard.  The shelves are narrow and deep and accessing the items can be a challenge.  One of my upper cabinets has a lazy Susan on the bottom shelf which holds bottles of vitamins.  I find it especially useful for those.  I just spin the turntable and grab the bottle I need.  It’s helpful if you return the bottle to the turntable with the label facing out.  Then you know just which one to grab the next time. I also use lazy Susan’s in other areas of the house such as the linen closet where I use one to store extra bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

Other places where you might want to consider using one is under a sink, in the refrigerator, or in the laundry room.

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Do you like to use lazy Susans?  What do you use them for?

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  1. says

    I need more Lazy Susans! I love the one for my spices and I have a built in one for my pota and pans, but none the other places you mentioned. I like the idea of one in the laundry room and one for my vitamins. Will be on the lookout now for some suitable Lazy Susans, thanks, Linda!


  2. says

    Lazy Susans are great for small cabinets, like the one that is over our coffemaker area. I had a two tiered lazy Susan up there for all of my spices and it worked perfect. I kept them all alphabetical (yes, I’m a Virgo!) and it was easy to find anything you were looking for. They are also good for odd cabinets that you can’t reach all the way into easily.

  3. says

    Linda, yes, Lazy Susan’s are wonderful! I use 3 for spices and another for supplements. After reading your post and seeing the one in your picture, I want a prettier one for my kitchen table. I keep supplements my kids take there so they don’t forget them. Thanks for sharing!


  4. says

    My finance’s mom uses a lazy susan in the cabinet and we’re totally stealing the idea and going to do it at my house too.

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