Lazy Susan

I like this make-shift lazy susan and wish I had one. Or two. I get tired of digging in the back of the cabinet for that must-have item. You can install this height-adjustable turntable in your cabinetry, and the items you need will never be more than a quick spin from your fingertips. $37.99 at It only takes 8 screws to install and each "wheel" turns independently.

I have this odd corner in my kitchen. The door is skinny but the cabinet/shelf goes WAYYY back. I have to wedge my shoulders into the cabinet in order to reach the very back with the tip of my fingers. It is wasted space but I can not afford for a cabinet guy to come in and build me a proper lazy suzan. Maybe this would do the trick?

But why stop there? This would certainly work in the bathroom too, under the vanity.

A friend of mine uses all types of lazy susans, everywhere. It's a great idea to use in the pantry, in a deep medicine cabinet, in the garage, and of course in the cabinet. Just because a tool is designed for the kitchen, doesn't mean it has to stay in the kitchen.

It makes me wonder how this gadget got its name. If I find out, I'll tell ya!
Check out the comments on this post...I've included the history of Lazy Susan just in case you were interested!

1 comment:

Holly said...

"Lazy Susan'' made its first written appearance in a Vanity Fair advertisement for a "Revolving Server or Lazy Susan'' in 1917. The device itself predates the name "lazy Susan,'' as many antique shoppers can tell you: These revolving serving trays have been around since the 1700s, where they were often tiered and called "dumbwaiters.'' Dumbwaiters were so called because they quietly (hence "dumb'') took the place of waiters in the dining room. (The term "dumbwaiter,'' of course, now usually refers to a small elevator used to carry food and dishes from one level in a building to another.)

What caused the name change from "dumbwaiter'' to "lazy Susan''? A popular theory suggests that servants were often named Susan, so that "Susan'' came to be almost a synonym for "servant,'' and the "lazy Susan'' was essentially functioning as a servant who never had to go anywhere (hence "lazy''). Another theory suggests that the name derives from a specific inept servant named Susan. Interesting as those stories are, there is no hard evidence to support either of them. The era of servants in most homes had ended long before the term "lazy Susan'' came into use, and, as you might expect, there is no evidence that most female servants were named Susan.

It is more than likely that "lazy Susan'' was styled on previous combinations in English that use "Susan'' ("black-eyed Susan'' being the most common). There are many such words in English that use names in a generic way: "peeping Tom,'' "jim-dandy,'' and "Jolly Roger'' are just a few. It is also possible that the combination of the "z'' sound in "lazy'' and the initial "s'' sound of "Susan'' appealed to the manufacturer of the lazy Susan, and in a brilliant marketing move, "lazy Susan'' was born.

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