A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They aren’t often seen 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 faced with a tangled mess of silverware, napkins, and seemingly random objects?
Besides being able to hold our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour through them in search of the one thing that we need. By being disorganized, the drawers also hide duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we have we are more prone to keeping everything in the drawers and trying not to worry about it – but we can fix this quickly and easily!
First, there are a few general guidelines that will help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of or move to a new storage area. This is based on how long it has been since you used an item:
More than a year: Get rid of that clutter! If it has been more than a year there shouldn’t be any reason to keep it.
6 months: Again, you probably want to look at getting rid of these items unless there is some recurring date that happens a few times a year.
1 month: These items need to be looked at for a decision to be made. Maybe they can be moved to a more long term storage area if they are in a “high traffic” drawer. Some of these items may also need to be discarded.
1 day to 1 week: These items make up the most important part of your kitchen and should be placed in the drawers easiest to access and nearest to where they are used. These are the items like silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc.
Start with the drawer you use the most. For most of us, this will be the silverware drawer. Follow these steps to get your silverware organized:
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
If you do not have one or don’t want to buy one, use a small box, strips of cardboard, or other method to make dividers that will keep your different utensils separated.
Tupperware / Plastic containers
Most of us use some sort of small to mid-sized storage containers on a nearly daily basis. These might be used for packing lunches, storing leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Put these containers in easy to access drawers or shelving units and stack them on themselves. What does this mean? It means to take like containers and nest them on top of like containers and to do the same with the lids. This will save you some space and get items that are similarly grouped together.
If you don’t have a spice rack or don’t want to take up room on your kitchen surfaces, you can store you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to help divide these up, but with most kitchens, there is a wide variety of spice container sizes and it may be difficult to find the right one for you.
Openers / Skewers / Grill Tools
Putting different types of openers, skewers, and grilling equipment into a drawer can help rid your other drawers of sharp and pokey tools that might 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 items that can be a hazard.
Keeping my drawer limited to things that are actually needed keeps them fairly organized and less of a hassle. When I’m in my kitchen I like to know where my supplies are and to be able to easily get to them without having to wade through piles of junk.
Take a few minutes to organize a drawer or two and see how much you like having less clutter in your kitchen!