Ball Bearing Slides For Drawers – A fantastic place to start decluttering your kitchen is to acquire the kitchen drawers arranged. They are not frequently seen (assuming they can close!) But are usually responsible for the vast majority of our kitchen clutter.
Do you open your drawers and locate a jumbled mess? When you open the silverware drawer are you confronted with a tangled jumble of silverware, napkins, and seemingly random objects?
Besides being able to maintain our clutter and enabling additional disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can squander time as we scour through them in search of this one item that we require. By being disorganized, the drawers also conceal duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we can’t put everything out and see what all we have we are more vulnerable to keeping everything in the drawers and attempting to not be concerned about it – but we could fix this fast and easily!
To begin with, there are a few general guidelines which will allow you to decide what to keep and what to eliminate or move to some other storage space. This can be based on how long it has been since you used an item:
- Over a year: Get rid of this mess! If it has been over a year there shouldn’t be any reason to maintain it.
- Nearly one year: You need to probably look at getting rid of everything it is – however you may want to maintain it if it is used for holidays. These items can be safely moved out of the “busy” part of your kitchen and saved somewhere more long term if only used annually.
- 6 months: Again, you probably want to look at getting rid of these items unless there’s some recurring date which happens a couple of times a year.
- 1 month: All these items will need to be considered for a decision to be made. Perhaps they can be moved to a more long term storage space if they are in a “high traffic” drawer. A few of these items may also have to be lost.
- 1 day to 1 week: All these items constitute the most significant part your kitchen and should be placed in the drawers easiest to access and closest to where they are used. These are the items such as silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc..
Start with the drawer you utilize the most. For the majority of us this will be the silverware drawer. Follow the following steps to get your silverware organized:
- Empty the drawer out
- Wipe out the inside so that you are starting with a clean drawer
- Get a silverware holder to separate and maintain utensils arranged
- If you don’t have one or do not wish to purchase one, use a small box, strips of cardboard, or alternative method to make dividers which will keep your different utensils separated.
- Pick where remaining items go: do you need to keep everything which has been in the drawer? Could it proceed with other like items, or does this have to be donated or thrown away?
This simple act of organizing your silverware drawer can save you time and possible hand injuries; I’ve skewered my finger several times on knives and forks in drawers – doing that several times has left me a life long lover of silverware holders!
Tupperware / Plastic containers
These may be used for packing lunches, storing leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Place these containers in easy to access drawers or shelving units and stack them on themselves. What does this mean? This means to carry like containers and nest them along with such as containers and also to do the same using the lids. This will save you some space and purchase items which are similar grouped together.
If you do not own a spice rack, or do not want to take up room in your own kitchen surfaces, you can save you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to assist split up these, but with many kitchens there’s a vast array of spice container sizes and it could be hard to locate the right one for you.
What might work better would be to place the spices into the drawer how you want them and then make, or locate, long dividers to keep the spice containers at the configuration which you have them in. This could be done with bits of cardboard, segments of thin plastic, or any other similar material.
Placing different kinds of openers, skewers, and grilling equipment into a drawer can help rid your other drawers of sharp and pokey tools that may snag a hand while rummaging around. Even though this isn’t supposed to be a grab all drawer it can help to combine a number of the lesser used items which could be a hazard. These items may include:
- Can opener
- bottle opener
- skewers for kabobs
- wine bottle opener
- egg slicer
- cheese grater
Odds And Ends Drawer
This may look as if it goes against the notion of getting rid of clutter, but I think that each kitchen needs a drawer which can capture the odds and ends that are very useful but just don’t fit into any other drawer. The trick is to make sure that this doesn’t become an overflowing container which whatever you can not make up your mind about moves into.
A fantastic idea would be to take a look at what’s at the drawer as you go to place something inside and put on the time rule which was discussed previously. If something hasn’t been utilized in a very long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the drawer? Get rid of a number of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it more convenient and helpful while preventing it from turning into a centre for clutter.
For example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I have these items:
- pair of batteries for kitchen appliances
- rubber bands and other items used to maintain totes shut
- a few pens and pencils
- pad of newspaper
- super adhesive
Keeping my drawer restricted to items which are actually needed retains them fairly organized and less of a hassle. When I’m in my own kitchen I like to understand where my supplies are and to be able to easily get to them without needing to wade through piles of crap.