We all have that kitchen drawer: the one with whisks, can openers, vegetable peelers, and dental floss. (Dental floss? Yes, for slicing soft cheese like goat cheese.) Is your kitchen drawer a jumble? A place where you need to go on an expedition? Do you ask, “I know it’s here somewhere, but … where?”
Here are three tips to organize your kitchen utensils:
- Sort your utensils by their function. Place utensils by categories such as: cutting (knives), opening (rubber grips, openers, nut crackers), sealing (lid covers), mixing (mixing spoons, whisks), and chopping/mincing. The categories depend on what you have and how many of each; you might combine similar categories (opening and closing) depending on your drawer space.
- Buy drawer organizers. They come in different styles and materials, and they are relatively inexpensive. They are a great investment that reap long term benefits. One can choose from materials such as bamboo, plastic, or acrylic. The drawer organizer can be expandable to fit your drawer, or you can customize with either spring loaded drawer dividers or individual trays to fill your space.
- Hang them up. What about items that don’t fit any category because of size (spatulas) or uniqueness (cherry pitters)? If used frequently, hang them inside a cabinet door or other convenient spot. Unless you use them often (at least once a week), then consider putting them in a Rubbermaid container in a cabinet — labeled, of course—and leave yourself a note in the drawer as to where you put them so that you’re not right back in the same position of searching, searching, and searching some more.
Your kitchen drawers do not have to be a tangled mess that requires a map to locate that one utensil you are looking for. Just heed these simple measures above to avoid that and get to the real reason you’re in the kitchen to begin with: to prepare tasty treats for family and friends!