If you are like me, you have little time to spend fall cleaning. One quick fix that takes hardly any time and effort to tackle is a cluttered kitchen drawer.
CHOOSE A CLUTTERED DRAWER
Choose one drawer to work on, such as a kitchen utensil drawer which gets cluttered very easily. Do you really need eight spatulas, seven can openers and a variety of soup ladles, cutting knives, and mixing spoons all intertwined together? When you are preparing or cooking dinner, it would be nice to open an uncluttered drawer for a change.
EMPTY THE ENTIRE DRAWER
Start by taking the entire contents of the drawer and placing everything in a large shoe box. Dust and clean the drawer and let dry. Then place only the utensils back in the drawer that you know you use frequently. Keep the rest of the utensils in the box and place the box close by but out of sight. I kept my box in the laundry room next to the kitchen.
TAKE OUT ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
For the next month or so, take out any additional utensils if and when the need arises to use them and place them in the drawer after using and cleaning. Continue doing this for a time. After a few months, move the box to the basement or somewhere less convenient but still available if you need to get something out.
DISCARD OR GIVE AWAY WHAT REMAINS IN THE BOX
After a time, up to a year, examine what remains in the box. Discard or give away the remaining contents. If you haven’t used the remaining items in a year, you probably never will.