If there is one drawer that gets used all day everyday it is the kitchen cutlery drawer. It is used at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kids also have snacks after school and then maybe a bowl of ice cream in the evening. We may make a cup of tea or we will make the sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunches. We are constantly using the cutlery. As this is the one drawer that gets used consistently, it is always good to keep it neat and organized and well stocked.
Organizing your Kitchen Cutlery Drawer
Today’s 4 M project is how to organize your cutlery drawer in 5-10 minutes.
- Make sure all your cutlery is clean. Don’t have any in the dishwasher or sink because you want a full inventory.
- Empty out the entire drawer.
- Sort through your cutlery to find mis-matched pieces.
- Take out all the items that sit around or behind the cutlery tray.
- Clean the cutlery tray, the drawer, the drawer face and the handle.
- Sort all pieces: salad forks, dinner forks, knives, teaspoons, soup spoons, miscellaneous pieces (I have small butter knives and dessert forks)
- Only place in the tray what you use on a DAILY BASIS. Don’t store items that you use occasionally. Just keep the necessities.
I have made a quick video to show you how I have cleared out, cleaned up and organized my cutlery tray. In the video, I let you know what type of tray I like the best and what I use to keep it from slipping around. Have a watch…please forgive me for the bad sound quality as I am dealing with LOUD CUTLERY…
As I mentioned in my video there are a couple of rules that I like to follow:
- have enough matching cutlery that you can host a large party (I have about 18 –20 place settings).
- buy large rectangular cutlery trays: easier to fit items in the sections.
- stabilize your tray by placing a non-slip pad underneath.
- Don’t let your family steal the good stuff! Tell your family that the matching cutlery stays home.
- Purchase inexpensive plastic cutlery for you little children to take to school. If they lose it, you won’t be crying over it.
- Have extra cutlery for your teens and spouse to take. Buy some from the Dollar Store.
- Keep only what you use on a daily basis in the tray.
- Store other items in behind the tray or to the side (not in the main tray).
- Nest your forks and spoons for neat clean aesthetics (I know it’s just visual but it looks neater this way)
I know that you have been meaning to tack this drawer for ages so here is the boost you need to #JUSTdoIT.
If you want, take a picture and show me on my Facebook Page. how you tackled your kitchen cutlery drawer.