Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 06:24:11 AM. Drawer. By justin.
Tips on Keeping the Drawers in Your Kitchen Organized When it comes ot organizing the kitchen, most people would agree that organizing the kitchen drawers is way down on the list of priorities. However, it is an important aspect to consider to make your kitchen as efficient as possible and to avoid clutter collecting on the work surfaces. Most people normally just shove all their various pieces of equipment and cutlery in a haphazard fashion into the drawers. Organizing you drawers will allow you to maximize the usable space on the kitchen worktops and you will be less likely to waste time trying to search for a particular utensil. Instead, everything will be to hand and you can get on with the more important jobs. Here are some tips for organizing your drawers. First of all take all the drawers and empty the contents onto your kitchen surfaces. This will allow you to start sorting according to the item rather than just creating a more organized mess within the drawers. Not they are empty, start with the drawer closest to the kitchen stove. In this one you will want to put the following items; oven mitts, hot plates, trivets and hot plates. Any other equipment that you regularly use for baking and holding hot utensils can go in here as well. The next drawer closest to the stove needs to contain all the cooking tools. In this way you can work around the stove with all your equipment at hand rather than moving all over the kitchen, wasting time. Items you should put in here include serving spoons, ladles, wooden spoons and a small chopping board. Do you do much baking? If so, then dedicate a drawer to your baking equipment. Items such as rolling pin, sifter, basting brush and wire whisks all go in this one. This one should be close to one of your worktops or a kitchen island, if you have the luxury of one of those. The next is to look at the cutlery or silverware drawer which is normally below the cupboard that stores all of you dinnerware, such as crockery and plates. Only items such as cutlery, serving spoons and chopsticks are allowed in this draw. A drawer for serving items and table accessories such as coasters, napkin rings and wine serving items is useful. This allows you to keep all those finishing touches to the serving place in one area. Lastly, if you do have any items left over, you are allowed one miscellaneous drawer. You have to make sure, however, that this one does not slowly start to fill up with clutter. it is very easy to do and something you should guard against if possible.
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!
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