I aim to do a good kitchen clean-out and purge once a quarter. This involves removing everything from each drawer or cabinet, giving this empty space a good wipe-down, finding new storage ideas if necessary, decluttering and purging where possible, and organising everything as it is put it back in place. I find that kitchens can really accumulate a lot of 'stuff', so I like to do this on a fairly regular basis to stay on top of the clutter.
One thing that has always frustrated me with our current kitchen, though, is that even though my 4 small drawers are organised within an inch of their lives, they still seemed so chockablock! Yet, I couldn't seem to get rid of anything because I did actually use all of the cooking utensils contained within the drawers.
So I decided to divide the drawer contents into 4 distinct categories - cutlery, 'occasional' tools, baking and cooking, and food wraps.
The 'occasional' tools includes things like fancy salad servers, larger serving spoons, a soup ladle, spatulas, an extra whisk etc. I don't use these often, but do still need them on occasion.
Baking tools includes measuring cups and spoons, spatulas, cupcake liners, piping bags, cookie cutters etc.
I realised that it would make much more sense to have the utensils I use when I'm cooking close-at-hand, rather than having to rummage through drawers searching for what I needed. And the ideal place for these tools was in the cooking zone, right next to the stove-top!
I picked up one of these pots from Ikea. They are actually planter pots, but can be used for lots of different purposes, and come in a range of different sizes. The one I chose is nice and tall, and is wide enough to fit quite a few utensils.
In the utensil holder, there are 2 wooden spoons, 2 deeper spoons for serving, 2 kinds of spatulas, a whisk, a skimmer, 2 pairs of tongs, 2 turners/flippers, and a microplane grater. These are the items I use most frequently, but I might whittle this collection down over time.
It is great to have everything I need close at hand when I'm cooking. It also makes unloading the dishwasher nice and easy, as I just grab all the utensils and pop them straight in! This simple storage solution really has proved to be a big time and effort saver already!
I'd love to hear from you in the comments below...
- Where do you store your most frequently used utensils?
- Do you find it difficult to purge items from your kitchen?