Recessed Drawer Pulls – A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They are not often seen (assuming they can shut!) But are usually responsible for the great majority of our kitchen clutter.
Can you start your drawers and locate a jumbled mess? When you start the silverware drawer are you currently confronted with a tangled jumble of silverware, napkins, and apparently random objects?
Apart from being able to maintain our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having cluttered kitchen drawers can waste time since we scour them through in search of this one item that we need. By being cluttered, the drawers also conceal duplicates and make eliminating kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot put everything out and see what all we have we are more vulnerable to keeping everything in the drawers and attempting to not worry about it – but we can fix this quickly and easily!
First, there are a few general guidelines which can help you decide what to keep and what to eliminate or move to a new storage area. This is based on how long it has been since you used a product:
- More than a year: Get rid of that mess! If it’s been more than a year there shouldn’t be any reason to keep it.
- Nearly one year: You need to probably look at getting rid of whatever it is – but you may want to keep it if it is used for vacations. These items can be safely transferred from the “active” part of your kitchen and stored somewhere more long term if just used yearly.
- 6 weeks: Again, you probably want to look at eliminating these items unless there’s some recurring date which occurs a few times a year.
- 1 month: All these items will 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’re in a “high traffic” drawer. Some of those items may also need to be discarded.
- 1 day to 1 week: All these items make up the very significant part your kitchen and should be placed in the drawers simplest to access and closest to where they’re used.
Start with the drawer you use the most. Follow the following steps to get your silverware coordinated:
- Empty out the drawer
- Wipe out the inside so that you are starting with a clean drawer
- Get a silverware holder to separate and keep utensils organized
- in case you don’t have one or do not wish to buy one, use a little box, then strips of cardboard, or other method to make dividers which will keep your different utensils separated.
- Decide where remaining items go: do you want to keep everything which was in the drawer? Can it go with other like items, or does it need to get donated or thrown away?
This simple act of organizing your own silverware drawer can help save you time and potential 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 fan of silverware holders!
Tupperware / Vinyl containers
The majority 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. Place these containers in simple to access drawers or shelving units and stack them on themselves. What does this mean? It means to carry like containers and nest them on top of like containers and also to do exactly the same with the lids. This will help save you some space and get items which are comparable grouped together.
If you do not have a spice rack, or do not want to take up space in your kitchen surfaces, you can store you spices in a drawer. There are racks you’ll be able to make to assist split up these, but with most kitchens there’s a vast array of spice container dimensions and it could be difficult to locate the best one for you.
What might work better would be to put 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 carried out with strips of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or some other comparable material.
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 supposed to be a catch all drawer it can help to combine some of those lesser used items which can be a hazard. These items may include:
- May opener
- jar opener
- skewers for kabobs
- wine jar opener
- egg slicer
- cheese grater
Odds And Ends Drawer
This may seem like it goes against the idea 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 simply don’t fit in to any additional drawer. They key is to be certain that this doesn’t become an overflowing container which whatever you can not make your mind up about moves into.
A good idea would be to take a look at what is at the drawer since you go to put something in it and apply the time rule which was discussed above. If something has not 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 can make it even more handy and helpful while preventing it from turning into a centre for clutter.
For example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I’ve got these things:
Maintaining my drawer restricted to things which are actually needed retains them quite coordinated and less of a hassle. When I am in my kitchen I like to know where my equipment are and in order to easily get to them without having to wade through piles of junk.