Organizing Deep Kitchen Drawers – A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers arranged. They aren’t often seen (assuming they’re able to close!) But are often responsible for the great majority of our kitchen clutter.
Do you start your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you start the silverware drawer are you confronted with a tangled jumble of silverware, napkins, and apparently random objects?
Besides being able to maintain our clutter and empowering additional disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour them through in search of this one item that we require. By being cluttered, the drawers also hide duplicates and make eliminating kitchen clutter harder; if we cannot put everything out and see what all we have we are more prone to keeping everything from the drawers and attempting to not worry about it – but we can fix this fast and easily!
First, there are a few general guidelines that will help you decide what to keep and what to eliminate or move to some other storage area. This is based on how long it has been since you used a product:
- More than a year: Get rid of that clutter! If it has been more than a year there should not be some reason to keep it.
- Almost one year: You need to probably consider getting rid of everything it is – however you might want to keep it if it’s used for vacations. These things can be safely transferred out of the “active” part of your kitchen and saved somewhere more long term if just used annually.
- 6 weeks: Again, you probably want to check at eliminating these items unless there is some recurring date that occurs a few times a year.
- 1 month: These things need to be looked at for a decision to be made. Perhaps they can be transferred to a more long term storage area if they are in a “high traffic” drawer. Some of those things may also need to be discarded.
- 1 day to 1 week: These things make up the most important part of your kitchen and should be set in the drawers easiest to access and nearest to where they are used. These are the things such as silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc..
Begin with the drawer you use the most. Follow the following steps to Receive your silverware coordinated:
- Empty the drawer out
- 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 wish to buy one, then use a small box, then strips of cardboard, or other approach to produce dividers that will keep your different utensils split.
- Pick where remaining things go: do you want to keep everything that was from the drawer? Could it proceed with other like things, or does it need to be donated or thrown off?
This simple action of organizing your own silverware drawer can help save you time and potential hand injuries; I have skewered my finger a few times on knives and forks in drawers – doing that a few times has made me a life long fan of silverware holders!
Tupperware / Vinyl containers
Most of us use some type of small to mid sized storage containers on a virtually daily basis. Place these containers in easy to access drawers or shelving units and pile them on themselves. This means to carry like containers and nest them along with such as containers and also to do the very same with the lids. This will help save you some space and purchase items that are comparable grouped together.
If you do not have a spice rack, or do not want to take up room in your kitchen surfaces, it is possible to save you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to help split up these, but with many kitchens there is a wide variety of spice container dimensions and it could be difficult to find the best one for you.
What would work better is to put the spices to the drawer how you want them and then make, or find, long dividers to keep the spice containers in the configuration that you have them in. This might be carried out with bits of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or any other comparable material.
Putting different types of openers, skewers, and grilling equipment to a drawer can help rid your additional drawers of sharp and pokey gear that might snag a hand while rummaging around. Even though this isn’t supposed to be a catch all drawer it can help to combine a number of those lesser used things that can be a hazard. These things might include:
Odds And Ends Drawer
This may seem like it goes against the notion of getting rid of clutter, but I believe that each kitchen needs a drawer that can catch the odds and ends that are very useful but just don’t fit in to any additional drawer. They key is to make sure that this doesn’t become an overflowing container that anything you can’t make up your mind about goes into.
A good idea is to look at what’s in the drawer as you go to put something inside and put on the time rule that was discussed above. If something has not been used in a very long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the Shop? Get rid of a number of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it even more convenient and useful while preventing it from turning into a center for clutter.
By Way of Example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I’ve got these items:
Keeping my drawer limited to items that are actually needed keeps them quite coordinated and less of a hassle. When I’m in my kitchen I like to understand where my equipment are and to be able to easily get to them without needing to wade through piles of junk.