Once you've got the drawer decluttered, next it's time to organize.
If you don't have some type of tray or organizer in your drawer I suggest you get one. It is the simplest way to keep all your forks, knives, spoons, etc. separated and ready to grab when you're setting the table for a meal.
The issue comes in when you've got some specialty silverware, such as if you've got plastic or baby spoons for your kids, or steak knives, or grapefruit spoons.
Some organizer trays do a better job accommodating these different items than others. You should definitely keep that in mind when purchasing any storage solution for your silverware.
Keli shared her before and after pictures on the site's Facebook page, which are shown above.
Thanks so much for sharing! Great work!
In addition, here's another before and after set of photos from a reader, Maura.
Maura explained, "I moved a bunch of extra silverware out of the drawer and moved the plastic silverware to the ziploc baggies/saran wrap drawer. I didn't have money to buy any more silverware dividers tonight, but found a very sturdy candy box that in using to hold slotted spoons in back and steak knives in the front for now! So happy I did this!"
Then, she did some extra steps for these dividers, since the knife blades could in theory work under the wood. She explained:
"After the glue was set in this drawer I used clear caulk along the bottom and side joints to prevent thin parts of the silverware (knife blades, etc.) from working their way under and loosening the glue. Then I added the liner, bringing it up just a bit, also to prevent thin parts from working under."
It looks great Judy! You did a wonderful job and it looks awesome.
I featured this picture on the Facebook page and it generated some comments about the length of the drawer. Judy clarified: "Actually, the drawer is only about 20 inches from front to back. It just looks long."
Consider How You'll Clean Crumbs Out Of Drawers With Build In Dividers
Another thing that was discussed when I posted this photo on Facebook was how to clean out a silverware drawer of crumbs when you've got built in dividers like this.
It's a valid point, because for some reason it seems like this drawer always does get lots of crumbs for some reason. More than others I think.
Sue said: "I like to take my organizer out to clean it! Although I guess you can always remove the drawer and empty the crumbs that way!"
Kay provided a solution for this though, saying, "To clean, just use the crevice tool or boar's hair bristle brush on the end of the hose if you have a canister vacuum. You don't even have to empty the drawer."
She stated: "Yes it still possibly looks a bit messy to some but it's actually about as tidy as I will get it! Little Miss and Other Half are always getting their hands in this draw and messing it up which is most annoying! This however is improvement!"
I agree Hannah! This is perfect for your needs and with small kids we all know realistically complete straight all the time will never happen. That is OK. Functional is always perfect! :)
Storing Silverware In Drawers With These Storage Containers
Sandra sent in this storage tip on the Facebook wall while working on the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge.
Here is my tip for the day! This works so much better for me, my drawers are pretty narrow, but these fit perfectly. They hold more and all the space in the drawer is used!
Thanks so much for the picture and tip Sandra! Actually, another reader, Tina, showed something similar too above for organizing her kitchen drawers. Great minds must think alike, right?
Like I said above, I love these little slim plastic baskets, since you can store all kinds of things in them. They are just so versatile!
Are You Ready To Get Your Home Organized?
The readers above did this organizing task as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, where slowly, over the course of the year, we take the actions necessary to organize your whole house, item by item, room by room.
If this has inspired you, I urge you to join the challenges. We also do a daily 15 minute decluttering mission which roughly corresponds with the week's challenge to help us to get clutter out of our homes at the same time!
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