Check It Out! A Super Fancy Hand-Blender Giveaway!

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UPDATE: Whoa, you guys are so awesome! All of your comments were great to read, and I got a lot of great tips, like these:

  • Use lazy susans in your cabinets to make things easier to get to.
  • Hang things. Everywhere you can.
  • Put shelves up. Everywhere you can.

And now…here’s our lucky winner, Jenny!

“Oh, I am SO with you. I dream of a bigger kitchen ALL the time! Ahh…someday. But for now, I just stay super organized. I stack things inside of each other – but not too much or it’ll be a huge pain to get anything out. I also use those extra cabinet shelf-things that you add so that I can fully use the height of all of my cabinets.”

Thanks for commenting everyone, you’re super rad :)

-C

I need to make a confession – I don’t actually own a blender. Well, not the normal standing kind. The reason being…those things take up counter space, something I am very short on. In fact, the kitchen counter might be the hottest piece of real estate in my apartment at the moment. My microwave won a prime spot near the sink. My super nice juicer wasn’t so lucky…neither was the blender. The juicer went in a storage cabinet, and my blender went to Goodwill.

But it’s cool, cause I have a hand blender. Totally perfect for making soups, sauces, smoothies or some even juice. And, it fits nicely in a drawer. No counter space needed.

A while back CSN  contacted us about doing a giveaway, and Adrianna gave one lucky reader and all clad griddle. That’s pretty cool. Now I’m getting to give away this lovely hand blender/whisker/chopper contraption. It’s pretty cool too. Actually, it’s really freakin awesome. To whoever wins this: I’m jealous of you.

BTW – you should check out CSN stores sometime. They have tons of super cool cookware and furniture, like modern bar stools. I hope when I own a house one day I have bar somewhere in it. I would buy bar stools like this.  And then I would drink bubble gum martinis. Cause I’m cool like that.

However, until I get my awesome dream home, I have a favor to ask: how do you conserve space in the kitchen? I need to know. My juicer needs to know too.

Here’s how to win this awesome hand blender:

1) Leave me a comment with your best space -saving tip and I’ll enter you to win. You win, and I win. This is how I like things.

2) And if you’re without any helpful hints? It’s okay – just tell me you dream of a bigger kitchen too. It helps to feel I’m not alone. I’ll still enter you to win.

I’ll pick a winner at 12 midnight on Wednesday, so be sure to check back!

Thanks guys, you’re super awesome.

-C

{ 329 comments… read them below or add one }

Eri February 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

I love my Elfa (check out http://www.containerstore.com)!! It saves me so much space, I now have adjustable shelves and drawers all the way from the floor to the celing. Love it! I highly recommend it.

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Samantha H. February 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

If it makes you feel any better, my counter has exactly enough space for my dish drying rack and my utensil crock. And. That’s. It. My microwave takes up half our table and my toaster is perched on a bookshelf.

Yay dorm cooking!

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Kristan February 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

I wish I had more helpful counter space tips, but most NYC apartments are lacking in that area. All I know is the coffee maker always wins and gets prime placement!

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Alison S. February 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

I like to find rustic cabinets that I can use in other spaces of my house (like my den and office) where I can stow away items I don’t use very often. That way, the cabinets in my kitchen can be open for the stuff I use on a more regular basis!

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Heather Hennessey February 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

I live in an apartment bymyself with not to much counter space- so I use the dishwasher as the dish drying rack as since its just me I dont have a ton of dishes to do! lol

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Janine O February 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

I have plenty of space in my kitchen, it’s the closets that are my biggest headache!

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Kelley February 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

I have no space saving tips – I will look forward to reading everyone else’s! I need a kitchen as big as my current living room + dining room + kitchen!

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Jamie February 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

I have more wall space than counter space in my house so I installed floating shelves! So now my counter space is dedicated to only the important things like my microwave and cutting board.

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Linda February 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

I expanded the storage space in my small kitchen by adding a pot rack on the wall to hang pots, pans, lids and a few utensils. Then, I purchased a 3-shelf rollabout cart. The shelves are used for pantry storage, while the top shelf serves as additional counter space when I want to fix a fancy meal or bake.

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katie February 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

Install shelfs it saves so much space on the counters

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Lauren February 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I guess I don’t have a space saving idea for my itty bitty kitchen…I just stack everything on top of my fridge and pull it out as needed. I also dream of the day I will have a large open air kitchen…one day!

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Nadette February 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I totally dream of a bigger kitchen every day. Because in my kitchen, there’s only 1 small patch of counter space. And that’s where I store my dish rack b/c I don’t have a dishwasher. I would totally love a hand blender, b/c it can go on the shelving above my refrigerator. Those shelves are a total life saver for my kitchen considering my lack of counter space.

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Jessie February 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

We have very little counter space — I dream of a big island!

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Hannah McB. February 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I also have nigh-on zero counter space. I use a retro bookshelf as my tea/coffee shelf with my french press, tea containers, and a sweet vintage pitcher full of coffee beans. Then I look over at my magnetized spice jars stuck to my fridge, and I feel like it’s almost enough room to host brunch this weekend.

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Cat February 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Get rid of what you don’t love, don’t use or don’t need.
Make the most of your wall space by installing shelving or rails to hang utensils/towels/mugs.
Use large chopping board or piece of counter-top to cover the sink which serves as extra prep space when needed, and is slim enough to store vertically somewhere ie down the side of the fridge (where I keep my ironing board).
I also bought a set of baskets (with lids to keep out dust) to store less used items such as cookie cutters, seasonal bits for Halloween etc and a birthday box for paper plates, candles, banners, balloons.
I had my OH move the kitchen wall units as high as they could go, leaving just enough space for the baskets on top, therefore freeing up space beneath for some shelving/rails etc.
I really hope this helps, I used to have tiny-kitchen-syndrome too but the one I have now is thankfully a little bit bigger. Good luck!
One last tip – tools that do more than one job:
a microwave/fridge is a magnetic memo holder
a rolling pin makes an OK hammer
saucepans that can go on the hob AND in the oven

a blender with cool attachments to do many jobs. . . .

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Jocelynn February 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I have no tips…but I dream of my boyfriend having a bigger kitchen. I can barely turn around and 4 boys make a solid mess.

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Joslyn February 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

My kitchen is very small, so we have a lot of things stored in the living room/dining room. Inside cabinets, and on shelves…or just on display for nicer things like teapots

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Abby February 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Here’s my tip, but it’s not really a “space-saving” tip: take stock of everything you have, then everything you need, and finally everything you really want. Then, get rid of everything you don’t need or really want. Then pair down the things you really want to those things you really really want or just can’t bear to part with. I’m sure by then you’ll have 5-15% less stuff which equates to 5-15% more space. :-)

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Natalie February 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

As a college student living in a house with 5 other (messy) roommates, I pine for my kitchen back home! I long for the days when I wasn’t the only one cleaning up crumbs/doing dishes/trying to make space!

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Sara February 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

All I want is a bigger kitchen! I cant wait to read everyone tips and get my kitchen in ship shape as soon as possible!

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Jerri February 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I need a bigger kitchen, too! I look forward to reading all of the tips from others.

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Liska Cole February 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

i use my oven for storage! …downside, whenever i need to use my own, i need to pull everything out, and set it on top… soooo… :)

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Rett M. February 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I live in a college dorm, so space is very limited. To save space I use my dresser for clothes, books, and coffee. (I have a whole drawer of coffee.)

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Sherry February 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I wish I had a bigger kitchen…more cupboards and counter space.

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Sara February 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Keep it simple, if you haven’t used it in a year, give it away! Also use every little nook. We have a bench seat and I stow my less used kitchen appliances under there!

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Addy March 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I love my silicone jar opener. Sounds silly, but it has a nice grip and it saves time.

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