Come week 15 and I finally decided to get my hands on the kitchen utensils drawer. I must confess, I dreaded this task for the longest time. You know, the kitchen utensils drawer is often overlooked. Mainly because it is opened when you are in the middle of doing something: cooking. And, let’s be honest: who has the time to stop prepping and cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner, to start organizing the utensils drawer? No one. You are either doing one thing or the other.
But it was time for a fresh start. So, I picked a day, picked two drawers, and started a decluttering spree. I gained momentum, and I even made drawer dividers. Here are some cues to help you declutter the utensils drawer:
Toss The Bad and The Ugly
Toss anything that is broken, chipped or has signs of rust and/or gunk. Kitchen utensils, especially the wooden kind accumulate gunk with time. Yuck! It’s amazing how you notice things like that when you stop and stare. Who really stops and stares at utensils? Just me, when I am organizing drawers. Here the choice was obvious.
Donate or Discard Duplicates
When decluttering any area of your home, always remember the ‘triple Ds’: Donate/Discard Duplicates. How many turners or spatulas do you need?
I found several duplicates in my drawers including two garlic press gadgets. The only duplicate I kept was the silicon whiskers (left of picture below), since I had just purchased a new set and the package came with two different sizes. It just didn’t seem right to discard one of them, at least not yet.
Categorize and Separate Your Kitchen Utensils
Whenever possible, try to categorize and separate utensils from gadgets. In my tangled mess, I kind of had a system: my cooking utensils where in one drawer and my prepping and cooking gadgets were in another.
Utensils are those tools you would use on a daily basis when prepping and cooking your meals; gadgets -such as an apple corer, pizza slicer, garlic press, or a nutcracker- not so much.
a view an embarrassing view of my gadgets drawer… No words.
If there is anything that you don’t use much but wouldn’t like to get rid of either, set it apart to put away in a different place. I did so with the cheese grater and the cookie cutters.
Define Zones and Set Limits
By creating the drawer dividers, I created zones and set limits. Two of the 4 organization pillars that I follow each time I declutter and organize a new area in my home. Now everything has a place and it’s not only easy in the eye, but who wants to mess with this two beautifully arranged drawers?
This is definitely a project that reflects what I am aiming for with the 52 Weeks to a Neat House™ challenge. I’m not looking for temporary organization. I’m looking for practical solutions and smart systems that can help keep clutter from coming back. Like when it never came back to my junk drawer.
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