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In our new house, we'll have a lazy susan corner cabinet in the kitchen. I dont 'have one of those now, so I'm trying to decide what would be the best thing to put in there. I will have several other cabinets too, so space shouldn't be an issue. The cabinet is right next to the fridge, if that will make much of a difference.

Here are the "categories" of stuff I have, tell me what you think would be best organized in there:

Plastic ware (for leftovers, extra mixing bowls, etc)

Pots & Pans

Baking items (Measuring cups, mixing bowls, etc)

Small Appliances (Blender, Food Processor, Toaster, coffe pot, sandwich maker) - I don't like to have these on the counter)

Spices (although I dont' have nearly enough to fill up the whole cabinet)

Food - if so, what types are best put in a lazy susan?


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OOh, nice kitchen

I'd probably keep spices in the bottom (does it have multiple shelves that rotate?) and tupperware higher up because those are the things i have and use a lot of. I think if i put any more spices in my cupbourd it's gonna fall off the wall...
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OOh, nice kitchen

I'd probably keep spices in the bottom (does it have multiple shelves that rotate?) and tupperware higher up because those are the things i have and use a lot of. I think if i put any more spices in my cupbourd it's gonna fall off the wall...
Good idea! I'm not sure if the shelves rotate freely or not...we're not in the house yet.
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I hate lazy susans so I only store canned goods there. Definitely do not store any kind of food that could spill - it's very hard to clean in a cabinet with a lazy susan installed. Also, I would never use that kind of storage for items that are in daily use. I would love to get some other kind of pull-out system (other than a lazy susan) for our corner cabinet. If I had more storage space in our tiny kitchen I would use the corner cabinet for very infrequently used items like xmas stuff or something.

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Pots and pans should be hung up for easy access if possible.
And I keep measuring cups and spoons on a shelf by the sink for easy access, too. But, I'm not a big cabinet fan.

It looks like an awkward space to be going in and out of frequently.

I'd probably store rarely used items: storage containers, weird cookware that's used once or twice a year, appliances that I don't use very often.
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Since it is next to the refrigerator I would use it to store storage containers, that counterspace above it would be a great place to use when putting away leftovers. Our lazy susan is next to the stove on one side and the sink on the other side. In it I keep my cooking oils and my small appliances (blender, toaster, etc).
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We have one and I keep my george foreman grill, popcorn popper, electric skillet, and colander in it.
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Great ideas. I'm thinking I may use it for my plastic "left overs" containers and if I have room, the small appliances that don't get used too often.
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We have one down on the bottom like that, too. Our lazy susan has two shelves. We keep canned goods on the top and snack foods on the bottom.
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We have a lazy susan, 2 tier, in a low corner cabinet. I put things in there I don't use a ton and small appliances. On the bottom are heavier things: toaster, waffle maker, blender, crock pot. On the top is garbage bags (huge black, large kitchen white) and cookbooks. I also hate having things on my counter.

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I have 2- cereal/oatmeal/hot cocoa/etc in one, mac n cheese/rice/baking supplies/etc in the other. Right now DS can open them so both are fairly empty and he thinks it's for him to climb in. :
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I have one and I store my small appliances on this. They are all odd sizes and cumbersome so this is a great place to put them.
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I have two. One I put all of the baby food type stuff in. You know, the food that I buy for DD for a snack that DH isn't supposed to eat but will if it is in the cabinet with the other food. (Yes, I know that was a run on!)

The other I use for plastic tupperware stuff, mixing bowls, jars. I would say DON'T use it for tupperware. The lids fall off no matter how nicely it is organized and you have to practically climb in to fish it out, meanwhile knocking off about ten other things.

I plan to rearrange my cabinets soon and put things in the lazy susan that I don't really need daily.
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I love mine and I put my canned goods and bulk items in glass jars.
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I love mine too. It's got lots of stuff in it. Top shelf has some canned goods, mac n cheese, dd's snack foods, oatmeal, small bottle of apple cider vinegar, big jar of 100% vanilla (same size as the vin bottle, lol). Bottom shelf has potatoes, ramen, pasta, crackers, sometimes cereal, rice cakes, I think that's it.
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I've had two kitchens that had a lower cabinet lazy susan. In the house we're in now, I keep our small appliances on it: food processor, food saver, hand mixer, coffee grinder, and so on. In our first house, there was no pantry, so I kept canned goods on the bottom shelf and boxed goods on the top shelf. The shelves don't support much weight, so be careful how much weight you put on them...I've had the top shelf collapse onto the bottom one before.

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We keep the kids snacks in ours.

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We have one of the lower cabinet lazy susans (two shelves) right next to the stove. I store all the small appliances (crock pot, food processor, blenders, etc) in mine. I hate having any of those out on the counter when not in use, so it's a great place for them.
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I have one, and mine is full with my tupperware, mixing bowls, colanders.

I like keeping light things in there, b/c the round shelf seems really thin

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I would say DON'T use it for tupperware. The lids fall off no matter how nicely it is organized and you have to practically climb in to fish it out, meanwhile knocking off about ten other things.
Well, I keep all my lids in a bin so they won't get tossed all over the cabinet anyway, so I'm not sure that the lids would be a problem. But I'll keep that in mind.
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We have one of those too but it's empty right now. DS usually puts his toys in there. Actually, most of our cabinets on the bottom are empty. (They're next to impossible to childproof, so why bother putting stuff IN it when it's just going to end up all over the floor?)
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We have one of those too but it's empty right now. DS usually puts his toys in there. Actually, most of our cabinets on the bottom are empty. (They're next to impossible to childproof, so why bother putting stuff IN it when it's just going to end up all over the floor?)


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A pp said that the weight of the items in the lazy susan is a consideration, and I want to second that! I had a really flimsy one once, and couldn't store my pots and pans there as I had in my previous home.

For my next kitchen, since I get to choose the materials, if I can't get a pull out cabinet, I'll store canned goods in there, since I won't have a pantry near the kitchen.
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When I've had them, they've been on the bottom, and we put canned goods in it.

But, as yours is on the top, I'd go with spices.
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Mine is a 2 tiered bottom cabinet by my stove so I use it for pots/pans/collander and pyrex containers.

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When I've had them, they've been on the bottom, and we put canned goods in it.

But, as yours is on the top, I'd go with spices.
Wait...let me clarify...the lazy susan is on the BOTTOM...the top corner cabinet is just that...a CORNER cabinet...ugh...another issue altogether!
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