This kitchen gadget drawer organization project is long overdue. Perhaps it’s my post-holiday desire to tidy up EVERYTHING in our house lately. However, there’s no need to wait for spring cleaning to tackle this small project.
I have a lot of kitchen gadgets I’ve accumulated over the years. I love to cook and bake, but it’s never a good thing when you can’t open the drawer they’re kept in because a tool is lodged in there. The acquisition of all these tools happened easily and harmlessly enough. Some were gifts, others were things I thought would be useful or needed.
However, a funny thing happened when that drawer jammed, though. It was time to clean it out once and for all. Now, I am not one to just throw things out all the time. I’m a true believer in re-purposing whenever we’re able. But, I definitely felt there had to be a better way to get that drawer under control. I’m a pretty organized person overall, but the state of this drawer is a little embarrassing. Ready for this?
Here’s How I Did My Kitchen Drawer Organization
If you feel like your gadget drawer could use a good clean out too, grab a storage box, a Sharpie or thick marker, a piece of paper, and some transparent tape. We’ll do this together!
First, I removed every single thing from that drawer and laid them all out on the countertop. Then I cleaned out the inside of the drawer with this non-toxic cleaning spray I got from Grove.
If you haven’t been reading this blog for a long time, I relied on Grove to help me clean up my cleaning act. but I also love their products and promise of sustainability. In fact, you can receive a Grove Glass Sustainability Concentrates Set for FREE with your 1st purchase of $30+
Next, I put aside tools and gadgets that are rarely used. Most of them in this category were more seasonal in nature, like corn holders and basters. The gadgets you put aside may be different than mine, depending on what you regularly cook and cook with.
Then, I put the gadgets I have honestly never used or duplicates of similar gadgets in another pile. I was a little dismayed at how big that pile was. Who needs all these extra knives and extra plastic utensils?
Finally, I put the gadgets I always use in the last pile.
What’s Going Back in the Gadget Drawer
Only the gadgets I use almost every day went back in the drawer.
So much better, right? The kitchen tools I’ve never used are getting boxed up and going to a local donation center. If I’ve had them this long without use, I won’t be needing them in the future either. See ya, nutcracker. Next, I put seasonal and sometimes to rarely used gadgets in a see-through box. On a sheet of paper, I listed the contents of the box and stuck the list to the box with tape. The box is going in the closet we have in our kitchen so they’ll be within easy reach if I do happen to need them. But, they will no longer be getting stuck in my essential gadgets drawer!
I’m looking forward to only having the essentials in my kitchen gadgets drawer. Something about stripping that pile of clutter down to the basics was empowering. Proof that less is more, perhaps. And I have this crazy hunch I won’t regret giving away that nutcracker.
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Ready to go tackle your kitchen gadget drawer? I’d love to hear or see what’s in your essentials pile and what you’re ready to unload for good.