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 Kitchen Utensils and Silverware
This is what my drawers look like right now.
My silverware was all dirty when I started this, lol.
There were so many things in this utensil drawer, that they were getting broken!
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.
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.
5 Ideas for Keeping Your Kitchen Utensils Organized
- Keep them on your counter in a utensil container. This can help accent your decor, too!
- Hang them on the wall
- Only keep one of each item (except maybe a spatula)
- Get rid of things you don’t use very often
- 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:
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?
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!