I was going over my list of Organizing Goals for 2012 and thought I’d start on the kitchen drawer cleanup. This is going to take a few parts to accomplish, so let’s get started!
I have A LOT of drawers in my kitchen and they’re are all pretty much a mess because I’m too focused on creating stuff in the kitchen rather than putting things away.
Instead of attacking it all at once, I decided to give myself a challenge of getting the equipment drawer done today. I secretly knew that I couldn’t stop at just ONE drawer…
Here’s the BEFORE:
Putting everything in little piles and evaluating what I need and what I don’t.
Starting to put things back…
I could stare at this all day.
It feels good to know that everything has a place now. And I don’t have things hidden waaaaaay back of the drawer like I used to!
Why stop at just ONE drawer? Full steam ahead!
Here’s my utensil drawer. The container that holds all of the utensils has been really gross for awhile. So much so that I cringe everytime I see a guest reach into that drawer. I secretly pray that don’t see the crumbs that are in it. I can rest easy now. It’s done!
So I took everything out.
Washed the separators.
Sorted/got rid of things we didn’t need. Like chopsticks that don’t match & itty bitty baby spoons…
I didn’t know all that stuff was in there!
And then I put everything back.
So after I did those two drawers I decided to go ahead and work on the drawer to the right of my oven. This is where I keep oven mitts, toothpicks to test the done-ness of baked goods and a whole bunch of RANDOM things. This is half junk drawer half baking drawer. It is now just BAKING drawer with a few knife sharpeners.
Then I got to thinking about junk drawers. Everyone has to have one. I used to have one…
This drawer used to be our junk drawer. I knew where to look if I wanted batteries……
But then my husband turned it into the beverage drawer when we got our espresso machine. It was nicely merchandised for awhile and I liked it, but I don’t think we need to use that much space for our tea stash. Let’s get functional!
I grabbed all the random bits from other drawers and created this Junk Drawer!
It has Casey’s wine opening stuff, kitchen appliance manuals, a lint roller…my camera batteries…tape…
This drawer is where I found most of my stuff for the junk drawer. I decided to re-purpose it as the tea drawer!
Old tea drawer becomes junk drawer and now we have a smaller tea drawer.
With both drawers open…MUCH BETTER.
So organizing one drawer turned into organizing 5 drawers. This whole project took about 2 hours. I’m glad I got my organizing mojo going.
All of the top drawers in my kitchen are organized! Now I just have to make my way down…and then tackle the ones up top.