Lightweight Chest Of Drawers – A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers arranged. They are not often seen (assuming they can shut!) But are usually responsible for the vast majority of our kitchen clutter.
Do you open your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you open the silverware drawer are you currently confronted with a tangled jumble of silverware, napkins, and apparently random objects?
Apart from having the ability to hold our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour them through in search of the 1 item that we require. By being disorganized, the drawers also conceal duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we’ve we are more vulnerable to keeping what from the drawers and attempting not to be concerned about it – but we could fix this quickly and easily!
First, there are a number of general guidelines that will help you decide what to keep and what to eliminate or move to a new storage area. That can be based on how long it has been since you used a product:
- More than annually: Get rid of this mess! If it has been over a year there should not be some reason to maintain it.
- Almost 1 year: You should probably consider getting rid of whatever it is – but you may want to maintain it if it’s used for holidays. These things can be safely moved out of the “busy” part of your kitchen and stored someplace more long term if only used yearly.
- 6 months: Again, you probably need to look at getting rid of these items unless there’s some recurring date that occurs a couple of times annually.
- 1 month: These things need to be considered for a decision to be made. A few of these things may also need to be lost.
- 1 day per week: These things constitute the very significant part your kitchen and ought to be set in the drawers simplest to access and nearest to where they’re used.
Begin with the drawer you utilize the most. For the majority of us this will be the silverware drawer. Follow these steps to Receive your silverware coordinated:
- Empty out the drawer
- Wipe out the inside so that you’re starting with a clean drawer
- Get a silverware holder to separate and maintain utensils arranged
- If you do not have one or do not want to buy one, then use a small box, strips of cardboard, or alternative approach to produce dividers that will keep your distinct utensils split.
- Pick where remaining things go: do you need to keep everything that has been from the drawer? Can it go with other like things, or does it need to get given or thrown off?
This simple action of organizing your silverware drawer can save you time and possible 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 lover of silverware holders!
Tupperware / Plastic containers
Most of us use some type of small to mid sized storage containers on a nearly daily basis. These may be used for packing lunches, keeping leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Put these containers in simple to access shelving or drawers units and stack them on themselves. It means to take like containers and nest them on top of like containers and also to do the same with the lids. This will save you some space and get items that are comparable grouped together.
If you do not own a spice rack, or do not need to take up space on your own kitchen surfaces, you can store you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to assist divide up these, but with most kitchens there’s a vast array of spice container sizes and it may be hard to find the right one for you.
What might work better is 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 that you have them in. This might be done with strips of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or some other comparable material.
Openers / Skewers / Grill Tools
Putting different types of openers, skewers, and grilling gear into a drawer can help rid your additional drawers of sharp and pokey gear that may snag a hand while rummaging around. While this isn’t meant to be a catch all drawer it can help to consolidate some of the lesser used things that could be a danger. These things may include:
- May opener
- jar opener
- skewers for kabobs
- wine jar opener
- egg slicer
- cheese grater
Odds And Ends Drawer
This may seem as if it goes against the notion of getting rid of clutter, but I believe that every kitchen needs a drawer that can catch the odds and ends that are really useful but simply don’t fit in to any additional drawer. They key is to make sure that this doesn’t develop into an overflowing container that anything you can not make up your mind about goes into.
A good idea is to take a look at what’s in the drawer as you go to put something in it and put on the time rule that was discussed previously. If something has not been utilized in a long time do yourself a favor and throw it! Are there many copies in the drawer? Eliminate some of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it more handy and helpful while preventing it from becoming a centre for clutter.
By Way of Example, right now in my own odds and ends drawer I’ve got these items:
Keeping my drawer limited to items that are actually needed retains them fairly coordinated and less of a hassle. When I am in my own kitchen I like to know where my supplies are and in order to easily get to them without having to wade through piles of junk.