Cutting Board With Knife Drawer – A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers arranged. They aren’t often seen (assuming they can shut!) But are often responsible for the great majority of our kitchen clutter.
Can you start your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you start the silverware drawer are you currently confronted with a tangled jumble of silverware, napkins, and apparently random items?
Besides having the ability to maintain our clutter and empowering further disorganization, having cluttered kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour through them in search of the 1 item that we need. By being disorganized, the drawers also hide duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we have we’re more prone to keeping what from the drawers and attempting to not be concerned about it – but we could resolve this quickly and easily!
First, there are a number of general guidelines which will help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of or move to a new storage space. This is based on how long it was since you used an item:
- More than a year: Get rid of this clutter! If it has been over a year there shouldn’t be any reason to keep it.
- Almost 1 year: You should probably consider getting rid of whatever it is – but you may want to keep it if it’s used for vacations. These items can be safely moved out of the “active” part of your kitchen and saved someplace more long term if only used yearly.
- 6 months: Again, you probably need to look at getting rid of these items unless there is some recurring date which happens a few times a year.
- 1 month: These items will need to be looked at for a decision to be made. Some of these items might also need to be lost.
- 1 day to 1 week: These items make up the very significant part your kitchen and ought to be set in the drawers simplest to get and closest to where they’re used. These are the items like silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc..
Begin with the drawer you use the most. Follow these steps to Receive your silverware organized:
- Empty out the drawer
- Wipe out the inside so that you are starting with a clean drawer
- Get a silverware holder to different and keep utensils arranged
- If you do not have one or do not want to buy one, use a little box, then strips of cardboard, or alternative approach to produce dividers which will keep your different utensils split.
- Decide where staying items go: do you need to keep everything which has been from the drawer? Can it proceed with other like items, or does it need to be donated or thrown away?
This simple act of organizing your own silverware drawer can save you time and potential hand injuries; I’ve skewered my finger a few times on forks and knives in drawers – doing that a few times has made me a life long fan of silverware holders!
Tupperware / Plastic containers
Most of us use some sort of small to mid sized storage containers on a virtually daily basis. These may be used for packing lunches, keeping leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Put these containers in easy to get shelving or drawers units and pile them on themselves. It means to carry like containers and nest them on top of like containers and to do the very same using the lids. This will save you some space and get items which are comparable grouped together.
If you do not own a spice rack, or do not need to take up space in your own kitchen surfaces, you can save you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to assist divide up these, but with most kitchens there is a vast array of spice container dimensions and it may be hard to find the best one for you.
What might work better would be to put the spices into the drawer the way you need them and then make, or find, long dividers to keep the spice containers in the configuration which you’ve got them in. This could be done with bits of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or any other comparable material.
Openers / Skewers / Grill Tools
Placing several types of openers, skewers, and grilling gear into a drawer might help rid your other drawers of sharp and pokey gear that may snag a hand whilst rummaging around. While this isn’t supposed to be a grab all drawer it can help to combine some of the lesser used items which could be a hazard. These items may include:
Odds And Ends Drawer
This might look like it goes against the notion of getting rid of clutter, but I think that each kitchen needs a drawer which may capture the odds and ends that are very useful but just don’t fit in to any other drawer. They key is to make sure that this will not develop into an overflowing container which anything you can’t make your mind up about moves into.
A good idea would be to take a look at what is in the drawer as you go to put something in it and apply the time rule which was discussed previously. If something hasn’t been utilized in a long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the Shop? Eliminate some of them! Maintaining this drawer manageable will make it more handy and useful whilst preventing it from turning into a centre for clutter.
For example, right now in my own odds and ends drawer I’ve got these things:
Maintaining my drawer limited to things 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 access them without needing to wade through piles of junk.