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Think Vertically
Tension rods aren't just useful for hanging curtains in a flash or doubling your under-sink storage—they can also streamline your kitchen cupboards. Install them vertically on a shelf to create custom dividers for storing your baking sheets, muffin tins and cutting boards, as Brette Sember recommends in The Organized Kitchen, and you can avoid dealing with an avalanche of trays any time you try to wriggle one out. It could shave a minute or two off your fridge-to-table cooking record.

— Candace Braun Davison