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. 

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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.


The Stock Your Freezer Sale!

School is in session and all is going well, right?  Except for this one thing.  Meal time is always chaotic!  I know you love the idea of crockpot freezer meals, but what about a new idea to help you with breakfast and lunch, too?  What if I told you that you could prep your breakfasts and lunches in advance?  My friend Kim of Not Consumed and I have joined forces and decided to create an epic and amazing sale for you!  We are selling her breakfast and lunch stations packs and I’m selling Weeks 1-4 of my Crockpot Freezer Meals, plus the $250 Walmart Crockpot Freezer Meal plan.  You buy them all together in a combo pack!  To buy all of this separately, you would be spending $32.91, but today for this limited time sale, you’ll get them all for $15!

Great deal!

 

Every mom struggles to get food on the table. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner...we've got you covered with this fantastic freezer meal sale. Don't wait. Ends  10/27

 

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INTRODUCING THE STOCK YOUR FREEZER SALE

Every mom struggles to get food on the table. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner...we've got you covered with this fantastic freezer meal sale. Don't wait. Ends  10/27

 

Breakfast Station Combo Set ($7.98 value)

This set includes all 12 recipes (from packs 1 & 2), labels, and printable menus. Combine the 2 shopping lists and you can make 380+ DIY breakfasts for your family! Just think of all the money you are saving!

Lunch Station Combo Set ($7.98 value)

The idea is simple. Cook once, eat lunch for 2-4 months! This combo set includes all 10 freezer lunch recipes, a complete shopping list, labels, and display menus. Enjoy 280+ easy lunches for your family.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Combo Set ($11.96 value)

You get 4 weeks of dinner meals that can go straight from your freezer to the slow cooker. That’s 24 nights where you don’t have to plan, prep, or cook dinner. The menu is made for you, the shopping list complete. All you have to do is run to the grocery store and put the bags together one afternoon by following the step by step assembly instructions. Dinner done.

PLUS, you get my $250 Walmart One Month Crockpot Freezer Meals Pack! ($4.99 value)

That’s 3-4 months worth of breakfast, 2-3 months worth of lunch, and 2 whole months worth of dinner, all for less than 50% of its retail price! I think it’s safe to say that this sale is epic. I know you will want to grab your copy of this amazing bundle, but don’t wait! The sale ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. CT, Oct. 27th!

 

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