Each modern housekeeper has at least once heard the phrase, “Why do you need a dishwasher? After all, people have been washing the dishes with their hands and it’s totally okay.” For some reason, having useful inventions that simplify household chores is condemned and considered a manifestation of laziness. But we believe that it’s not laziness, but rather, a respectful attitude toward yourself and your own time. Why spend hours making your kitchen look neat after cooking dinner if everything can actually be done in half the time?

Enlighten decided to find out what gadgets can help people spend minimal time in the kitchen with maximum comfort.

A kitchen splash protector

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While cooking, splashes of oil and sauce inevitably get on the wall behind the stove and on the countertop. It’s quite difficult to wash these stains out, even from the counter, while the wall can become ruined if you don’t cover it with tiles. But there’s a much simpler way out — you can buy aluminum barriers and install them around the stove while cooking. They can be used multiple times and are easy to wash. Such splash protectors will keep you away from extra work and protect your kitchen from stains.

A lid and spatula holder

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Sometimes it’s quite hard to find the right place to put down a spatula or spoon while you’re using it to stir a dish. Should we just put it down on the counter? Then it will leave stains that you’ll have to wipe away. Oftentimes, we put an extra plate next to the stove and put the spatula there. But a special holder would actually take up less space. You can place a lid on one side to let the grease collect in a pile and leave the spatula on the other.

A phone or tablet holder

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We often use a phone when in the kitchen: sometimes we need to look up a recipe, set a timer, or simply check our social media accounts while the meat is being stewed. In order to prevent the smartphone or tablet from getting in our way but at the same time have it handy, you can get yourself a special holder.

A built-in heating stand

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Oftentimes, in order to put a hot frying pan or a pot on something, we use a cutting board. It’s not very practical because its surface can be ruined this way. In order not to worry about where to put hot dishes, designers came up with special built-in heat stands. They look like metal or wooden stripes and are most often located near the stove.

A sink splash protector

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These are similar to the aforementioned splash protectors but for the sink. They won’t let walls, you, or the counter get covered with drops of water. They can be attached with the help of suction cups and are easy to remove and wash.

A railing system for the kitchen

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A hanging storage system, most often made in the shape of a long pipe with hooks on it, is called a railing. Over time, designers have come up with more convenient forms of these storage systems such as rotating hooks on suction cups. Small kitchens don’t always have enough space for long bars, while these hooks can be easily placed under the kitchen cabinet. Some systems have a magnet board for knives while others have special shelves for spices — everything is limited only by the manufacturer’s imagination and the size of your kitchen.

Kitchen towel hanger