Okay, now that you’ve made a kitchen organization plan, it’s time to start organizing! Today’s task is to organize your kitchen drawers.
Step 15 :: Organize Kitchen Drawers
Originally, I planned on asking you to organize one or two drawers each day. After thinking about it, though, drawers should be a small enough to task to tackle in one day. If not, then feel free to take a few days to complete.
If you determined yesterday that items in your drawers should be moved to another location, this is the time to make the move.
Here are a few tips to organize your drawers quickly:
1. Keep a donation box, move box, and the trash can close by.
As you’re reviewing the contents of each drawer, throw away anything that should be trashed. Keep the trash can within arms reach so you can work faster.
Then, be on the lookout for items that you rarely and never use. Put items that you rarely use in a small box so you can later determine a better location. Put items that you never use in a donation box.
Remember that the best way to have a clean and organized kitchen is to have a spacious kitchen. Be honest with yourself about the frequency in which you use each item. Do you have a melon baller and flour sifter because you’re “supposed” to have those items? Or do you actually use them in your culinary efforts. If you’ve never used them thus far, there’s a 99.9% chance you never will!
2. Start with the easy drawers.
Is your silverware drawer semi-organized? Then straighten it first so you can feel a sense of accomplishment early. Then move on to the more difficult drawers.
3. Completely empty cluttered drawers.
As you move on to the more cluttered drawers, take everything out and place it on the counter. This will help deter you from putting anything back that doesn’t belong. It will also help you group and categorize items neatly in the drawer.
If you already have drawer organizers, use them! If you don’t, take note of organizers you may want to purchase in the future.
4. Vacuum and wipe the drawers out as you organize.
I don’t know how crumbs so easily find their ways into drawers. But, the easiest way I’ve found to get them out it to use a handheld vaccum or the hose attachement on an upright. You then have a crumb-free area to wipe down with a cleaning cloth and all-purpose cleaner.
What’s the current state of your kitchen drawers?
Make sure to check out the rest of the clean and organize kitchen series!
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