I finally decided to get my hands on the kitchen utensils drawer. I dreaded this task for the longest time. The kitchen utensils drawer is often overlooked. I open it when when I am in the middle of well, cooking! And, who has the time to stop cooking a meal to start an organization project of the utensils drawer?
But it was time for a fresh start. So, I picked a day, picked two drawers, and went on a decluttering spree. I gained momentum, and I even made these wooden drawer dividers. Here are some cues to help you declutter and organize kitchen utensils.
Toss The Bad and The Ugly
Toss anything that is broken, chipped, or has signs of rust and gunk. Kitchen utensils, especially wooden utensils, accumulate gunk with time. While the plastic ones, if they’re cheap, will start to peel, and melt when. Like these! Here the choice was obvious.
Donate or Discard Utensils Duplicates
When decluttering any area of your home, always remember the ‘triple D’: 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 since I had just purchased a new set and the package came in 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 had a system: my cooking utensils were in one drawer, and my prepping and cooking gadgets were in another.
Utensils are the tools you use daily to prepare and cook meals. Gadgets -such as an apple corer, pizza slicer, garlic press, or a nutcracker- are the ones you don’t use often.
This is an embarrassing view of my gadgets drawer.
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. These are two of four organization pillars I follow each time I declutter and organize an area in my home. Now everything has a place, and it’s not only pleasant to look at, but also, who wants to mess with these two beautifully organized kitchen utensils?
I’m not looking for a temporary organization. I’m looking for practical solutions and smart systems that can help keep clutter from coming back.
When was the last time you purged your kitchen utensils drawer?