Simplified 365: The Kitchen - Day 17: Flatware & Utensils

Simplified 365 - Day 17: Flatware & Utensils

Ok, enough with all the food.  Let’s start the sorting and donating of your silverware and other kitchen utensils.  Most people have a drawer of flatware, two or more of utensils, and an additional jar on the counter full of utensils.  

If you’re like most people, then you’re going to have to hustle! 

Set that time for 20 minutes and head to your silverware drawer.  We are going to rid that drawer of anything that isn’t the silverware you use every day:

Things to toss, donate or compost:

  • Single use utensils
  • Takeout chopsticks
  • Takeout napkins
  • Children’s utensils if yours are now using adult silverware
  • Rubberbands
  • Condiment packets 
  • Anything broken
  • Anything you haven’t used in the past 6 months
  • Silverware that doesn’t match your set - somehow a strangler or two always sneaks in

Now head over to your drawers of utensils and the container of them on the counter.  Empty out all of the drawers and the jar onto the counter. Sort the utensils grouping like items together.  Once they are all grouped by type (serving spoons, spatulas, knives, whisks, etc.) go ahead and let go of:

  • Any utensil you haven’t used in the past 6 months
  • Duplicates 
  • Worn out or broken items
  • Ones you use but just don’t like

Once you’ve finished sorting and tossing, put your collection back in a drawer or two.  We will organize them later.  

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