Organizing Your Kitchen Utensils and Silverware Drawer

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?

 

Welcome back to the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.  It seems that I can’t ever do this challenge on the same day each week.  I think I’ll do it on Monday or Tuesday and suddenly it’s Thursday.  I’m still going to aim to get my organization project done in time for Monday or Tuesday each week, just realize I may not always hit that mark.  :)  Either way, I’ve been really enjoying the improvements I’m seeing.  I know they’re so very gradual, but…when I open that storage container cabinet, it makes me happy to see that it’s not a horrible mess!  Now, I’ll feel the same way about my silverware and utensils!

Organizing Utensils

 

Organizing Kitchen Utensils and Silverware

 

This is what my drawers look like right now.

My silverware was all dirty when I started this, lol.

Organizing Your Silverware Drawer

 

There were so many things in this utensil drawer, that they were getting broken!

 

Organizing my utensil drawers

 

I’ve got one drawer for my silverware, one very overstuffed drawer for my most used utensils and one less stuffed drawer for my utensils that I don’t use that often.  My silverware drawer gets all sorts of stuff  around, beside and underneath the organizer.

 

We have a bad habit in our family.  We leave drawers and doors in the kitchen open.  Not always, but often enough to where we get crumbs in them.  I know, you’re going to think we’re a big slobby mess by the end of this series, lol, but that’s OK.  I’m telling you all the worst about us.  I wouldn’t want you to think we’re perfect or anything.  This year has been hectic and I’m trying to get back into my groove.  You get to come along for the ride.  I hope you’re joining me for the ride, even if your house doesn’t look quite as bad as mine.

How My Drawers Look Now

I was able to throw away several old medicine dispensers for children and get rid of some grilling tools and several knives.  The one drawer is still really full, but things will not be getting broken in there any more.  Also, it’s nice and clean and wiped out, no crumbs inside.  :)  Here’s my finished product for now…..

 

In the silverware drawer, I took out all of the loose stuff around the silverware organizer and added two Sterilite baskets.  I bought the pack of 3 baskets for $1 at Walmart.

Utensil Drawer 2

 

In the utensil drawers, I pretty much have one drawer mostly for grilling tools.  I could probably cut down a little more on the drawer on the left, but I do use a lot of these on a regular basis.  The cheese grater handle is broken, so I need to replace it, but refuse to get rid of it until I do.  Eventually, I’d like to organize my drawers with a drawer organizer like this (I love how easy this is to make!), but I’m a little worried my drawers aren’t big enough to give me enough success.  Maybe if I moved everything out of the right drawer…I could combine everything from both drawers into one.

Organized Utensil Drawers

 

5 Ideas for Keeping Your Kitchen Utensils Organized

  1. Keep them on your counter in a utensil container.  This can help accent your decor, too!
  2. Hang them on the wall
  3. Only keep one of each item (except maybe a spatula)
  4. Get rid of things you don’t use very often
  5. Make or buy drawer dividers.

 

Shared on Facebook:

Traci says:I have 3 drawers – One is for silveware.  Two is for all the utensils I use for BAKING. Three is for all the general utensils such as a potato masher, can opener, etc.  Now if I can just get the kids and hubby to put the right things where!

 

Robin says:  I have a 3 drawer small organizer for spoons forks and knives. Easy for the smaller kids to get them.

 

Cindy says: First of all, I do not have fancy silverware. Sam’s Club sells packs of 36 of each utensil, 36 forks. 36 big spoons. They also have 36 small spoons and 36 butter knives (I do not have either of these.).   I keep the 36 big spoons in my coffee drawer, under the coffee pot, under the coffee cups.  Forks are in silverware drawer with the 4 small spoons and 4 odd butter knives that I own. In this drawer I keep my pizza cutter, can opener, sharp knives and a couple of other misc items I use.  Why 36 forks and big spoons, I noticed years ago that even when we had company, that everyone only used forks. Spoons became necessary later, so I got a pack.  When I bought mine, they were about six bucks. Now I think they are more but less than 10.  My plastic cooking tools are in a big can above the stove in a cabinet, but I am gonna change that soon.  (Sarah here….after I read this, I realized I must have more small spoons and found that Walmart had packs of 4 for 88 cents.  I bought 3 of those and realized how nice it was to finally have enough!).

 

Purfyle says:  How much can I bore you? I had so much silverware it took up 2 drawers just for the standard cutlery, knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons. I had another drawer for wooden spoons and serving spoons etc, and another drawer for knives and sharps and another drawer for gadgety bits like peeler’s and corkscrews and pastry cutters. It took forever to wash the cutlery type things. I have pared back and pared back. My kitchen knives all fit on a magnet knife holder. My wooden spoons and 5 pairs of tongs are kept in a wine ice bucket, and the stainless steel masher, ladle, whisk and slotted spoons that can be hung are hung on hooks off a chain suspended from the ceiling. The actual cutlery is down to a single set of 8 serves and all the rest has been put away and I have lived very happily without them. And finally all the other bits, can-opener, peeler, lemon squeezer tool, olive piper etc. that are too short to fit in the ice bucket are in an upcycled wipes container. (the rectangle kind) I know that sounds like a lot but it’s so much less then what we had. If they don’t fit in those containers then it doesn’t belong in my kitchen. 

Products That May Help You:

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What product do you think would help you organize your utensils the most?  Have you been joining in on this challenge?  How have you been doing?

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NEXT WEEK:

Next week, we’re working with our glasses, mugs and sippy cups.  Do you have a great system that you use to keep your glasses, mugs and sippy cups under control?  I am in need of hearing from you!!!  This is another place that I feel is out of control for me!  Please leave me a comment, say something on Facebook or email me.

Don’t forget to check out the Organized Home Challenge, to see what we’re doing next!

 


Organize Your Food Storage Containers – 52 Week Organized Home

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?

 

Hey!  Have you missed me with this Organized Home series?  I know, I know.  I completely dropped the ball.  Our family troubles got the better of me and my organizational efforts ended up getting the back burner.  So…instead of beating myself up about it, I’m going to pick up where I left off.  Did you quit when I quit?  Jump back in with me.  It’ll be worth it!  Our houses will thank us!  We will be much more at ease, too!

Tips for Organizing Your Food Storage Containers - Sidetrackedsarah.com

It is (finally) time to organize my storage containers.   Let me tell you, that is my least favorite cabinet in my kitchen.  If any cabinet is going to be a mess, that will be the one.  It is the cabinet where we open the door, throw the containers in and shut it as fast as we can so that hopefully they don’t come back out.  Not a good plan, I know.  There have been many days where I am walking through the kitchen and see that cabinet wide open, with a bunch of lids or containers sitting on the ground in front of it.  Ha.  Such a welcome site.  This is what my cabinet looked like at the beginning of this challenge:

 

Ideas for Organizing Your Storage Containers

 

My problem is this.  My containers have no rhyme or reason.  I keep old ice cream containers, I sometimes keep old yogurt containers and I usually buy a pack each year on Black Friday in hopes that they’ll last until the next Christmas.  It seems like the lids always last and who knows where the rest go.  What a mess though, right ?

 

In asking on Facebook what other readers like you do to keep their food storage containers organized, this is what they said:

Louann said:  “I buy lots of zip lock containers in two different sizes. They all use the same lid. Never have to search for a lid. They all stack in less than a foot of space and I have close to 50.”

 

Kelly said:  “I have all the same brand, threw out all the mismatched different ones. They stack/nest nicely together in the cabinet and the lids are stacked/snapped together in a drawer.” Tracy said:  “I actually just cleaned and organized my stuff because of your list! I had to think of something for the clutter so I actually pulled out my huge popcorn bucket and put all the lids in there. They all fit perfectly. Made a huge difference in the cupboard as I used to try and keep each container’s lid under it – all that did was get crazy.”

 

Around the web….

Ginny at Organizing Homelife will put her lids next to her containers, leaning against the cabinet walls.  She is also sure to only buy containers that stack nicely, getting rid of the rest.  Check out the post she wrote about it here.

 

The Kitchn.com suggests the following:  “Keep lids together in a box, basket, or zip-top bag, or arrange them standing in a dish rack or napkin holder.”  Read more about how they do it here.

 

Your To Do List:

 

1.  Go through your food storage container cabinet or drawer and make sure each container has a lid.

2.  Get rid of any that do not stack well or that you do not use often.  Get rid of any extra lids.

3.  Throw away any containers that are damaged or lids do not fit on well.

4.  Store containers and lids together in a single space.  Decide how you plan to do this and keep them organized.  (Use a method from above, or another completely different one that works better for you.)

5.  Commit to putting them up correctly, to keep them organized.

6.  Consider starting over with a new set, to give yourself a fresh, new start, making it easier to keep them organized!  You may be interested in the following products from Amazon (click on photo to view on Amazon):

Rubbermaid

 

 

What I did:

You know how they say you can do anything for 15 minutes?  Yeah.  I totally cleaned out my cabinet in 15 minutes.  Why did I wait this long?  I decided to go back with my old method and put all the lids on top of the containers.  While I realize that I’m not saving a bunch of space by doing this, it helps me to know what I have.  I do have enough storage space to keep them that way, for now.  I also threw away at least 50 lids.  50!  I did keep several that had no match, because I’m not convinced I don’t have some of them around the house in weird places yet.  I put them in the back, inside of the 2 ice cream buckets I kept (we tend to use these occasionally and it’s nice to keep them on hand, however, I had no need for 10 ice cream bucket lids, lol).  I will throw away my straggler lids if they don’t find matches soon.  I’m still contemplating completely matching my set…but if I do, I’m waiting until Black Friday.  Here’s my final product:

Storage Containers Organized

 

Much better, right?

 

Do you use another method for organizing your plastic and/or glass food storage containers?  Leave me a comment and let me know how you do it.  We’d all love to hear!  

 

NEXT WEEK:

We’re going to be working on our silverware and utensils.  Do you have a great way to store your silverware and utensils?  How do you decide what to get rid of?  How many utensils is enough?  Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

 

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.


How to Organize Your Purse & Makeup Bag

Today is Week 3 of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge.  We’re working on purses and make up bags.  Why?  Because purses and make up bags are a part of our every day lives and they get plain messy!  Oh and the other reason is because it’s on the list.  :)

Makeup Bag & Purse - Cleaning it out.

So, how do we keep these things under control?

I’m eager to hear exactly how you do this, but…. for me, being the ultimate procrastinator that I am, I wait until my purse is overflowing with receipts and spilling junk out and THEN suddenly I decide it’s time to clean it out. For my make up bag, I don’t have to clean it out quite as often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’ve opened up 2 empty mascaras in a row….and I wonder which one is the one that actually has some mascara left in it.  You don’t do that do you?  :)

5 Tips to Keep the Junk in Your Purse Under Control

  1. Keep your receipts together – Many people will put the receipts in their wallet, but they tend to get out of control quickly, making your wallet a wreck.  Consider carrying a ziplock bag to contain your receipts in.  I keep mine in a zippered compartment in the middle of my purse.  Decide if you will need the receipt and pitch any receipts you don’t need to keep.
  2. Buy purses with lots of different pockets and compartments.  That way you can designate a place for each thing you keep in your purse for long periods of time.  If you don’t like this kind of purse, you can purchase pouches that you can set inside of the purse.  This would also make switching purses much easier, if you’re one who likes to change purses on a regular basis.
  3. Make sure you buy a purse with a light colored lining, rather than dark colors.  Dark colors, like black, make it impossible to find things in.  I cannot stress the difference that it made when I switched from a dark colored lining to a light colored one.  It was amazing.  I went from always losing everything to always finding things.
  4. Set aside 5 minutes each week to get rid of anything in your purse that doesn’t belong.  If you’re really doing this weekly, it won’t take more than 5 minutes.
  5. Simplify – Only keep the things in your purse that you really need.  Don’t keep lots of things in your purse on a just in case basis.

 

Keep Your Makeup Bag Organized, too

 

For me, the larger my makeup bag, the messier it became.  When it came time for me to keep my makeup bag under control, I switched to a much smaller bag, keeping only the essentials in it.  I have foundation, eye liner, mascara and lipstick in it.  It is all that I really need and use.  I love how I never have to dig very far to find what I need.

 

How I Did….

 

Purse & Makeup Bag 2

I like this week, because it was quick and easy.

My purse was a mess….. I dumped it all out on the floor….

Purse & Makeup Bag

 

Then I put it all back in, making sure to actually put the things I want to find in the inside pockets.

 

For the makeup bag.  It wasn’t as cluttered, but I did take everything out and wiped it all down with a baby wipe.  I had my eye liner sharpener in there and it was dripping eye liner chunks all over the place…..so really, everything inside of there had to get wiped down.  Plus, I had to remove all the eye liner chunks off of my sharpener.  What a difference that will make!  It already feels so much better!

 

Makeup Bag

 

 

What do Others Do?

Karin says:  Carry the smallest purse possible! Evaluate each item you haul around day in and day out.

 

Melanie says:  I made up a small makeup bag of items I would take if I were traveling. The surprising thing was I never used anything else! Easy way to see what needs decluttering.

 

Lori says:  Clean out your purse and car weekly.  

 

Pin this picture on Pinterest, please.

Cleaning Out Your Makeup Bag & Purse

 

What about you?  Have you cleaned out your purse and makeup bag yet?  How does it feel?

 

Next week:

We’re working on switching out and storing the seasonal clothes.  You know this is a hated job for many people.  If you have any tips that would work well for others and make our lives easier, be sure to share them here in a comment or on Facebook!!  We will all thank you for it!    if you’re still following along, let me know how you’re doing.

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?