My husband and I recently moved into a new house. While we love most of the house's features, I happen to dislike the amount of counter and storage space available in the kitchen.
We have two small counters on either side of the sink, and several short and shallow shelves on either side of an empty nook above the sink. The cabinets that we do have, I'm too short to reach! I've taken up most of the available counter space and cabinet space already with most of our food, dishes, etc. but there was no where to hang up dish towels, or put sponges and wash cloths where they wouldn't go sour.
I figured the big empty nook above the sink would be a prime spot to store such things. They would be out of the way, yet easily accessible when cleaning up the kitchen, would let soggy things drip into the sink instead of onto the floor or counter.
What You Will Need
Hammer & Nails (Hopefully you'll have some around the house, you'll be amazed what you can do with them.)
Small Adjustable Curtain Rod, about $2-$5 at Walmart, Home Depot, or Big Lots. (Note: You'll want to measure your nook to know what size to get)
Shower Caddy, about $1-$3 at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Big Lots, or Wal Mart
Step 1: Stage Left - Drying Rack for Scrubbers and Sponges
One of the last times I stopped in at my local Dollar Tree, I came across a wire shower caddy and realized how perfect it would be for storing sponges in the kitchen, so that they could dry without going sour. I purchased it and tried it out above the sink - it has been working wonderfully for us!
You don't need to invest in a heavy duty shower caddy, just a cheap wire one from your local dollar store or bargain shop works very nicely for this purpose. Just use your handy hammer and nails, center it up, and hang your caddy