I have no idea where all these cooking utensils have come from. Apparently at one time we thought we needed all these things. I’m not sure why I’ve put off dealing with any of it but I finally decided enough was enough already!
Plus my Pampered Chef Turnabout was STUFFED as well.
Those bins in the drawers kept everything contained but stuff was piling up making it difficult to dig through it all especially with knives in those baskets, so not safe! So following the PROCESS steps, I started by dumping the entire drawer and the turnabout as well. If I simply shuffled through it, I would never have been able to achieve the level of purging that I did.
You need to see everything spread out in front of you and once you’ve done that then you can start sorting it out. Putting like with like allows you to see how many of one item you have.
For instance, I had no idea I had THREE pizza cutters. Why in the world do I need three pizza cutters? Two yes (one for regular pizza, one for gluten free) but three no way. Plus this seemed like a lot of spatulas to me.
same with wooden spoons and whisks, yikes!
Once I started sorting through it all, this purging machine went to work. Toss, toss, toss!!! I literally sang that to myself. There were things in there I haven’t used in forever and in fact there were things I didn’t even know what they were used for. Sheesh!!
The purge pile:
So now that my drawer was emptied out and my stock cut by at least half, it was time to do some organizing. I was sent a fantastic solution to try out for holding utensils/knives in place called Drawer Decor. It’s basically a mat you insert into your drawer to keep things from sliding around plus you can add these repositionable “divitz” that come with the kit to hold items firmly in place. I totally wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do!
One set includes 1 silicone mat (20″x14″), 5 long divitz, 5 short divitz and 5 triangle divitz for $25.99 (comes in different colors too). Now available in my Opensky shop!!
My utensil drawer afterwards:
The white basket in the back holds my fancier serving utensils that I don’t need regular access to and as you can see I’m down to one miscellaneous basket at the front. Basically that holds everything that is too odd sized to fit in my turnabout. I also relocated my home oils to my candle drawer. I love that my knives are easily accessible now and even though I have them face up I think it is much safer than the way I used to have them stored.
Close up of my divitz at work. My two oldest kids (14 and 12) totally think it’s cool because I’ve caught them a few times opening the drawer just to check it out. I love that the knives stay put when you open the drawer. So awesome!
My turnabout after. Things are no longer impossible to remove or put back.
Whoot, such a great feeling to have this done!!! Now I’m off to the thrift store with my purge pile, so happy to get it out of here!
Have you organized your cooking utensils lately?