Here is the eighth post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. It challenges you to dive into your dreaded utensil drawer.
How many spoons have you kept that have been chewed up in the garbage disposal? Why do you keep spoons that have jagged edges on them and may cut your lips as you slurp your homemade soup? Does your utensil drawer give you anxiety when you open it? Then it’s time to unleash your utensils and sort the silverware.
If your silverware is a hodgepodge of silver from Grandma, mismatched pieces from your wedding (many moons ago) and other pieces that have made a random appearance in your drawer, then I’m talking to you. Ideally you should have cutlery for at least eight place settings (preferably twelve) that look nice for the tasty tapas (with sangria) that you serve for Friday happy hour with your fellow emptynesters. Mismatched cutlery is trendy now and looks chic and rustic in mason jars at a buffet, but make sure it’s not from your kid’s dorm room.
Arrange the flatware into a tray that can be placed in a drawer. Then your silverware will be neatly stored and ready for use. Bed Bath and Beyond has a good assortment of caddy choices. Donate the extra pieces to a local charity or to your kids in college.
Is your utensil drawer overflowing with six garlic presses and three spatulas? Do you spend endless minutes searching for that favorite grater while other items spew out on the floor? Utensils can become a collection of chaos over the years if they aren’t cleared out. Rid yourself of BPA-plastic utensils and donate other items that you don’t use. Be realistic about how many wooden spoons you actually need.
Tame the drawer with a tray that has adjustable dividers like this one from Amazon.
Next time you make a big batch of homemade soup, you should be able to reach into the drawer and find your soup ladle without expressing those four-letter words.
Please leave a comment below and share how you’ve cleaned up and sorted your silverware and utensils.