Great storage solutions are born in one of two ways: in a frantic effort to make sense of an ever-expanding universe of things, or as a surrender to the knowledge that space is, in the end, limited. In the case of most of our houses — and particularly our kitchens — that limitation seems to be more stringent than ever. There are only so many pots, pans, paring knives and gadgets that can fit.
If you need storage help, we suggest swiping a little inspiration from the ultimate kitchen pro: Julia Child.
Not only was Child the person who brought French cooking to American kitchens, but she was also 6 feet 2. And she worked for a World War II-era spy agency. Her weakness? Kitchen tools. A look at photos of Child's home kitchen reveals that it was not some tiny, overflowing room. It was a generously sized room plus three additional pantries. Yet, still overflowing: Knives are hung on magnetic racks on what appears to be every available vertical surface (including the side of a cabinet) there are crocks of utensils, a Cuisinart in disarray on the butcher block and pegboard. Miles of pegboard, hung with everything from skillets to ladles to whisks to fish-shaped molds. Child had so much kitchen stuff (and, honestly, this seems only fair and right) that it was literally climbing the walls.
The pegboard system kept things within reach and orderly (the outlines of pans were traced onto their spot on the boards, and a small Polaroid picture was taped underneath each one, so that pans were never misplaced).
There's a new twist on Child's pegboard: A company called Wall Control offers a modular, metal pegboard system made to hold everything from small kitchen tools to beefy pots and pans.
Offered in a few bright colors, as well as galvanized silver, the metal pegboards are sturdier than classic pegboard and have a slick, industrial look that would be at home in a garage — or a more modern kitchen.
It's a nice update that means you can pull together a pegboard to corral your stuff, and you won't have to jump on Julia Child's bandwagon — Wall Control has already done it for you.
Two 16- by 32-inch panels are $64.99 at wallcontrol.com.