4 Steps to Organizing
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 Measuring Spoons
Keep two sets of spoons—one for wet ingredients, one for dry. Cups are only for dry, so one set is plenty.
Keep: Classic Corkscrew/Bottle Opener
After 5,000 corkscrew inventions, this classic is still great—opens beer bottles, too.
Keep: 2 Spatulas
Fish spatula: also fine for cookies. A silicone spatula does double duty, on nonstick or not.
Keep: Silicone-Tip Tongs
Silicone tip tongs work with delicate nonstick pans and hot grills.
Keep: Citrus Reamer
A simple citrus reamer is perfect for a quick juicing—almost zero cleanup.
Keep: Meat Thermometer
We should all use meat thermometers more often. Digital is great, but a simple manual one works fine.
Keep: 3 Peelers
A peeler for every job: regular (potatoes), serrated (tomatoes), and julienne (carrots).
Keep: Kitchen Shears
A sturdy pair of kitchen shears is worth buying if you don’t have one.
Keep: 2 or 3 Mixing Spoons
Keep: Microplane Grater
Toss: Redundant Tools
Toss: Superspecialized Stuff
Toss: Things That Melt
Toss: Outdated Designs
Toss: Unnecessary Backups
For some reason, we tend to accumulate spatulas. Two will do.
Toss: Irrelevant Junk
It disrespects the Zen of the drawer to clutter it with orphaned bits and pieces. Zero tolerance!