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Kitchen Storage That’s Actually Not Hideous

On the hunt for organization solutions, in this week’s ‘Add to Cart’ newsletter

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This post originally appeared on February 6, 2020, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.

As far as cooking tools go, I’ve been in acquisition mode for some time now, between entering my 30s (and realizing it was time for my old dorm-kitchen tools to go), getting married (and getting a ton of registry gifts), and, um, working in this job. I love new products; I hate figuring out how to store them. Traditional cabinets — wide, deep, with maybe one shelf — just don’t work for the jumble of pots and Dutch ovens and sheet pans and Pyrex containers and other heavy, oddly shaped, and unbendable items I try to stuff in there. It doesn’t help that I live in a small rental in an old New York City building, without the kind of newly renovated kitchen that contains more thoughtfully designed drawers and cabinets.

It’s not that there aren’t any storage solutions or hacks out there. Products promising to ease my cabinet issues fill the aisles of Bed Bath & Beyond, not to mention dedicated spots like the Container Store, and DIY hack videos abound online. And yet nothing has seemed groundbreaking or solved all my problems — which is why I’m cautiously optimistic about the next breed of cookware startups.

Four pink pots of different sizes resting on their sides in white plastic slots, on a rack
Caraway’s magnetic storage system

Caraway is a recently founded direct-to-consumer pots-and-pans company whose main selling point, beyond the usual startup cookware pitch (nonstick yet nontoxic, stylish colors, costs less than Le Creuset), is its accompanying storage system. At first blush, the system — consisting of a magnetic rack that looks sort of like a magazine holder, into which you slip your pots on their sides, and a lid holder that’s basically a hanging shoe rack — seems too simple to be all that disruptive. Also, the storage comes with the pots, which lord knows I don’t need more of. But the fundamental idea of considering kitchen storage hand-in-hand with kitchen tools is, to me, a very good one. If this is where cookware startups are headed, I’m all ears.

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