Step 2: Center Stage

Now that we had a nice place to hang our sponges and scrubbers when we were washing our dishes, we would need somewhere to hang our dishcloths and towels after we were finished drying them.

I had purchased an adjustable silver curtain rod for a  window in the house, but it turned out to be slightly to large.  However, it was the perfect size to turn into our kitchen towel rack!

Simply adjust the rod as directed on it's packaging (usually rotating to lengthen or shorten the rod) at the desired spot to secure on the wall.  Make sure it is level, and try to give it a few extra rotations - It will give your makeshift towel rod more strength.

Note:  This is not as secure as a mounted towel rack, be sure not to put large amounts of weight on it or hang objects other than towels or dishcloths on it.  However, my rack CAN hold up to 5 heavy-duty kitchen towels.
<p>I just did something similar to this in a small kitchen. I realised IKEA kitchen cabinets are cheaper if you dont buy the doors (&pound;17). You can also replace shelves in some of their cupboards with dish drainers. That way, when you wash up you can put the things to drain right back into the cupboard (I'd seen something similar in Spain). The ikea version has a tray underneath but in spain i've seen these open at the bottom letting drips back into the sink. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20204614/ If you hang stuff up, it's surprising how easy it is to keep a small kitchen functional.</p>
<p>all you need now is to paint a nice trompe l'oeil scene on that view-halting wall over the sink &amp; you'll want to hang out there all the time! <strong>:)</strong></p>
<p>My current (rental) kitchen looks a lot like yours....TY for the ideas on how to make the space work better...all I did was put a hook bar (Dollar store verson) accross the back for hanging things! I may adapt a few things (cup hooks I have lots of!), but I think I will use a lot of this! No microwave so I will be putting the peg board idea someone mentioned below in that area! TY again!</p>
You are a woman who loves her husband. I also made do in a small space and the ingenuity God gave me in such matters truly blessed my husband. One such space saver was a cupboard on wheels( my little island)wheels are cheap...
A painted pegboard that just fits the space &amp; appropriate hooks would take this doable project up a notch. While searching for a large drainer I found a site that mounts a drainer shelf between the two upper cabinets over the sink. Lowes/Home Depot will cut wire shelving to fit and you could place the shelf between the two cabinets. Viola, drain, display or store your pretty glasses upside down after washing and rinsing them..
I so wanted to do this in my parent's kitchen. Their scrubbies get GROSS and sit there on the counter looking nasty. I can't stand doing the dishes cause I don't even feel like I'm cleaning them!!! <br> <br>The problem is that my parent's sink is on an 'island' dividing the kitchen from the living room, meaning no wall space! Even worse-- they have no wall space anywhere in the kitchen because they have so many damn cabinets! <br> <br>I'm reorganizing (I should say organizing bc you can't reorganize the unorganized) their kitchen for them while they are away on business and so I'm about to get wicked creative on the sponge problem. <br> <br>I hope they don't hate me when they return and I have life-hacked their house! Thanks for the inspiration!
These are excellent ideas, thank you! :) My appartment right now if small with basically no counter space around the sink, so these ideas will work really great for my space.
Love your thought process! Effective and cheap cleanup!
This is great! I'm an idiot when it comes to utilizing space, so I'm always impressed what people come up with. Well done!

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