Everyone has one. THAT drawer that you are scared to open. Scared to put your hand into for fear it might get cut or find something that REALLY doesn't belong. Am I being a little dramatic? Maybe. But it was thanks to my "THAT drawer" that I decided to make a little purchase at Home Goods during my recent visit to St. Louis.
Here's the situation that necessitated an intervention:
A too small utensil holder on the counter which held about five utensils comfortably.
The utensil holder was an IKEA purchase (~$7) for my FIRST apartment, which if you read between the lines means this bad boy has been gracing my counters for about 8 years, so about 75 cents/year. He had put his time in and I believe I had gotten my money's worth out of him.
Enter my new shiny utensil holder from Home Goods! I purchased it for $11.99 and once I was back in town, it found its new home on my counter.
You know you are getting old when you seriously get excited about making purchases like this one.
I also liked the scale of the new one much more than the old one, but thought it looked a little cramped with the knives on the counter too, so those got moved to another area of the kitchen. #unclutteredhappiness
So now that the new holder was ready to be filled, I decided to tackle THAT drawer. Embarrassed to put this online, but hey, I'm sharing this one like it is.
This drawer houses our can openers, measuring cups, baking items, and other "overflow" utensils. Yes that is a knife also just hanging out in the drawer - SCARY.
On a positive note, this is probably the most prominent area for primary colors in our home. I don't fall far from the tree when it comes to beiges and related neutrals.
I emptied out the entire drawer, putting utensils in their new home and everything else across the counter. I wiped out the drawer and washed anything that looked like it needed it.
I was a little shocked by some of the items in the drawer. Do we really need FOUR of one utensil? I agree that there are some things that are nice to have multiples of, but we really don't need four pastry brushes, scratch that, five. So I downsized unnecessary items and started reorganizing. Can/bottle/wine openers grouped on the left, random items in the middle and I filled in that last section with the remaining pastry brushes and wooden spoons.