When a utility drawer becomes a cluttered repository of duplicate tools and useless gadgets, it can boost your blood pressure just to open it, let alone find what you’re looking for. Here’s the fix.
1. Brew Some Coffee: This is a perfect task for Saturday morning, before the rest of the household is up.
2. Dump Everything Out: Spread the contents of the drawer on a countertop or table. Group together tools of similar function. Discard any junk. Scrub out the drawer, and let it air-dry.
3. Sort and Cull Tools: Set aside duplicates, keeping the rest. Cull stocking-stuffer gadgets you simply never use.
4. Consider an Organizer: A beauty like the Hafele Cutlery Tray (shown in the after shot, $135) comes in four widths.
Keep two sets of spoons—one for wet ingredients, one for dry. Cups are only for dry, so one set is plenty.
After 5,000 corkscrew inventions, this classic is still great—opens beer bottles, too.
Fish spatula: also fine for cookies. A silicone spatula does double duty, on nonstick or not.
Silicone tip tongs work with delicate nonstick pans and hot grills.
A simple citrus reamer is perfect for a quick juicing—almost zero cleanup.
We should all use meat thermometers more often. Digital is great, but a simple manual one works fine.
A peeler for every job: regular (potatoes), serrated (tomatoes), and julienne (carrots).
A sturdy pair of kitchen shears is worth buying if you don’t have one.
Two to three spoons are useful, but if you have seven in the drawer, cull!
Another healthy-cooking essential: the multipurpose Microplane grater for garlic, ginger, hard cheese ...
Knife skills or a grater can replace the cleanup fuss of the old-style garlic press.
Items bought for a recipe you made only once? Time to go. (Looking at you, apple corer.)
Plastic spoons, spatulas, spreaders, and whatnot. Toss and replace with heat-resistant silicone.
Tongs are vastly improved from this wobbly model, though it does produce feelings of nostalgia.
For some reason, we tend to accumulate spatulas. Two will do.