Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 01:03:11 AM. Drawer. By justin.
Organizing Kitchen Drawers A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They arent often seen (assuming they can close!) 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 shouldnt be any reason to keep it. Almost one year: You should probably look at getting rid of whatever it is - but you might want to keep it if it is used for holidays. These items can be safely moved out of the "active" part of your kitchen and stored somewhere more long term if only used annually. 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 dont want to buy one, use a small box, strips of cardboard, or other method to make dividers that will keep your different utensils separated. Decide where remaining items go: do you need to keep everything that was in the drawer? Can it go with other like items, or does it need to be donated or thrown away? This simple act of organizing your silverware drawer can save you time and possible hand injuries; Ive skewered my finger a few times on knives and forks in drawers - doing that a few times has made me a life long lover of silverware holders! 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 similar grouped together. Spices If you dont have a spice rack, or dont 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. What would work better is to put the spices into the drawer the way you want them and then make, or find, long dividers to keep the spice containers in the configuration that you have them in. This could be done with strips of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or some other similar material. 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 isnt meant to be a catch all drawer it can help to consolidate some of the lesser used items that can be a hazard. These items might include: can opener bottle opener skewers for kabobs tongs spatulas wine bottle 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 believe that every kitchen needs a drawer that can catch the odds and ends that are really useful but just dont fit into any other drawer. The trick is to make sure that this doesnt become an overflowing container that anything you cant make up your mind about goes into. A good idea is to look at what is in the drawer as you go to put something in it and apply the time rule that was discussed above. If something hasnt been used in a long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the drawer? Get rid of some of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it more handy and useful while preventing it from becoming a center for clutter. For example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I have these things: screwdriver set of batteries for kitchen appliances rubber bands and other items used to keep bags closed a few pens and pencils pad of paper super glue Keeping my drawer limited to things that are actually needed keeps them fairly organized and less of a hassle. When Im 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!
Take Steps to Increase Security in Your Home With Drawer Locks Increase Your Home Security It is amazing how many of us keep important documents and valuables in unlocked drawers in our homes. The problem is that you can feel very secure in your home and this can make you a little careless. Keeping your passport in your bedside drawer may seem like a good idea but this is one of the first places a thief would look. • If you truly want to feel safe in your home then you will need to take additional steps to increase the level of security. • This means doing more than just relying on the basic window and door locks fitted as standard in most modern homes. • There are many products on the market that can help you to increase security and deter thieves from entering your property and stealing your belongings. • This can include products such as home intruder alarms, automated security lights, upgraded window and door locks (interior and exterior) and also cupboard and drawer locks. • Investing in security products can help you to safeguard your home against intruders. This can also make the home environment safer for you and your family. Installing Drawer Locks in Your Home Drawers are a great place to store away items you are not currently using. This can include a range of non-essential documents and also some very important valuables. Many people keep spare money and important identity documents in unlocked drawers. This can be a big problem as if thieves do access your property. They will then find it very easy to then steal valuables from drawers that are unlocked and easy accessible. • Installing drawer locks is actually very simple. You can buy a wide selection of drawer locks online and fit them yourself using just a few simple tools. • You will then be able to lock away your papers and valuables when you are not using them. • This will add another layer of security to your home and prevent unauthorised people from accessing your important personal information and belongings. • Drawer locks are also a good idea of you have a young family. They will help to prevent young children from getting into drawers that contain things that might be a risk for them. • For example you may keep knives and sharp objects in a drawer in the kitchen. By fitting drawer locks you can ensure young children cannot accidentally get access to these potentially harmful implements.
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