It takes an army of tools to produce crowd-pleasing meals in a kitchen, but where do all those utensils go? Even if you keep the useless gadgets out of your kitchen, there are still plenty of occasionally-used items that clutter your drawers and cabinets. Take control of your cookery! It will make your life as a master chef easier.
Before you start organizing your kitchen utensils, do an honest audit to determine what you really need. If you have a milk-frother in your drawer that hasn’t been used in five years, or multiple egg-slicers milling around your cabinets, it’s time to clean house. With each utensil think, “Do I use this? Do I need this?” If the answer is no, toss it or donate it.
Open your drawers and cabinets. Take a mental note of what’s there and put each item into one of two categories: often-used and rarely-used.
All of your rarely used items (e.g. seasonal cookie cutters, turkey basters and cake pans shaped like stars) can be packed away. Use old mason jars and inexpensive plastic organizing bins to clear some extra cabinet space. Pair things you’d use together in one jar or box, and then neatly tuck these items somewhere out of the way. Tip: If your mason jar filled with cookie cutters or cupcake liners is attractive, it can double as decoration. Place it on top of your refrigerator and enjoy the colors!
Back to your drawers. Think about how you use your kitchen and continue to group complementary items. If you use a coffee scoop, filters and mug every day for your morning jolt, keep them close together! Old boxes, desk organizers and small jars are a great way to group similar items.
If you have any utensils with handles, consider hanging them from hooks or putting them on a tack board instead of hiding them in drawers. This looks nice and clears up even more precious drawer space.