Kitchens are a very special place for many people. They could be your domain, refuge, and gathering spot. Or it may be just a necessary evil that you need, but do not enjoy. However you feel about or use your kitchen, it might be either the first or the very last space in your home to declutter and downsize. One reason for this is there are so many nooks and crannies to store, put, and hide things.
Oh, those nooks and crannies are wonderful until you try and find something. How many times have you tried to find something, couldn’t find it, and purchased a new one only to find the one you knew you had but it was shoved in the back of the drawer (or cabinet), hidden under a pile of other important items? This month, let’s just tackle kitchen drawers. How bad can that be?
The process will be the same or similar for all drawers, so just pick a drawer. In my kitchen, we only have four drawers – 2 for utensils and 2 for junk! A Christmas present started us to work on organizing one utensil drawer, however, once we got going one drawer lead to two; and we felt so good about the progress we ended up doing all four drawers.
Our Christmas present was a beautiful wooden drawer organizer, which adjusts to the width of the drawer you happen to be concentrating on. We started with the cooking utensil drawer by;
- Removing all the contents
- Cleaning the drawer (wash and dry thoroughly)
- While waiting for drawer to dry, go through the items in the drawer;
- Throw out any broken items
- Separate duplicates
- Insert drawer organizer and adjust size to drawer
- Return items to drawer in the appropriate size space
- Segregate one of a kind items in their own space
Do not return duplicate items, unless they are different sizes of an item like spatulas or such. Duplicate items that you do not need can be donated or given to someone — but don’t hang on to them.
Like I said, doing one drawer was just the start of the project. All the other drawers were the same basic process but the junk drawers took a bit longer. Junk drawers require looking through papers and things, so it is definitely something we put off as long as possible.
Once you put back all the items in their appropriate compartments and toss or give the rest away, stand back and admire the great job you did and how beautiful they look.