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Old 05-30-2009, 06:10 AM   #11
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I only have room for small items due to my exhaust fan so I store (display) a collection of old spice tins, all of which are empty. Their colorful and decorative. Not to mention they go with my country/rooster decor.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:09 AM   #12
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I have only a range hood over the range -

I find that it gets very greasy from sauteeing on the range top
and I guess anything stored ofer the range would
also get greasy.

I store spices in a dark cupboard.
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:47 AM   #13
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I think that Wyigal has the answer. Over the fridge (which is quite warm) and over the stove storage should be for items you don't use too often, especially if you're short (Ok, I'm sure there is a PC word for that, not going there). Food items really don't belong over a heat source.

That said, the person who actually cooks most of the meals, that is to say, the most meals of the week, should get to decide where the various things (be it food or cutlery, pots&pans, dishes) belong. Not the person who gets to do show off meals once a month. There is nothing worse than going to reach for something in the kitchen you need, NOW, and finding it not there. Just because your spouse prefers it to be somewhere else.

I have a childhood friend I get to see every few years. She can walk into my kitchen (and she has in many kitchen across the continent and then some), and whenever she cooks, she can find exactly what she wants, exactly where it sould be. She's said, on more than one occaision, when I've been surprised (I'm talking she's visited my homes from coast to coast and then some) ... Oh, Claire, but that is where it is supposed to be! On the other hand, my husband will decide that a pot I use every month or two should be in front of a pot I use daily.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:19 AM   #14
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Claire,

I couldn't agree more. Since I am the one that does most of the exploratory cooking, I think I get to decide. DW does a fair amount of cooking, we probably split 60/40 with me doing the majority, it just depends on the week.

The difference is that when she cooks, more often than not, it's standard fair type of food. Stuff she's been cooking for years. When I cook, it's often something completely new that I've never done before.

In any case, I need to figure where to store the stuff that is currently over the stove and she agreed to that. I also finally managed to get her to let me install knife bars (magnets) behind the prep area.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:25 PM   #15
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Oooh, I love my magnetic knife bars--so convenient.

Over the stove: I am altitudinally challenged (short) so I store stuff I don't need very often over the stove--pitchers, candles for when the lights go out, vases.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:58 PM   #16
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Able, I'm like you. In my age group, I'm absolutely delighted to have a husband who does, if not half the work (even he wouldn't claim that), at least a fairly good share of the work around the house. That said, I will be cooking (which I do the very largest share of), and find myself reaching for something and it isn't there! I love him, but dear lord, puh-leeeze don't do this to me! He loves to reorganize the kitchen and there are times it drives me nutso. I will say we agree ... in our current kitchen we have NO over fridge or over stove storage, but we both agree that no food items go in those cabinets (we've lived in many houses together).
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:19 PM   #17
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No offense to your husband, but it sounds like when my 9-year-old empties the dishwasher. Very few things go where they belong, so I try to find everything I think I'm going to need before I start, and I still miss at least one thing that takes 10 minutes to find.

But I am glad I can get him to do it.

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