Is It A Knife Drawer Or A Junk Drawer?
Day 10: Clean Those Kitchen Drawers
Now typically, I have seen a lot of kitchens that have at least one drawer dedicated to just junk. Usually scraps of paper, perhaps bills, report cards, or more. As well, one drawer usually contains the collection of knives, forks, and spoons. My miscellaneous “junk” drawer actually holds my collection of plastic shopping bags. It is my bottom drawer in the kitchen. That way when I need a garbage can liner, or a bag to clean out the kitty litter, or just to re-use—they are easy to grab.
Hey, while I’m thinking of it—do you have a problem with either missing forks or spoons in your kitchen? Seems to me they must be related to the missing socks in the laundry. What gives already!?
Okay, now that I’ve got that out in the open, back to the task at hand. Do you keep all your sharp knives in a separate drawer? Or do you use a knife block?
As you clean out the drawers, take the time to remove the cutlery tray and wash it in the sink. Or if you have a dishwasher, maybe you’ll cheat and wash it there. It you can remove each drawer, you will find it much easier to dump out all the crumbs before you wipe it clean. If for some reason, you can’t physically remove the drawers, grab your vacuum cleaner and the crevice tool. That should suck up all the crumbs quick and easy.
After washing out the drawers, dry them before re-sorting your utensils within them. Now as the surface area of a drawer is smaller than a cupboard, you should be able to clean all your kitchen drawers today.
An Unexpected Bonus
An unexpected bonus I discovered is that the drawers are now easier to open and close. I hadn’t realized just how “sticky” they were getting. As you move the drawers in and out, especially if they are wooden, they start to “sand” themselves down. Where does all that sawdust accumulate? In the drawer track, making them stick. I can’t believe how smoothly the drawers move now. This should have been done ages ago.
Deal With That Drawer–You Know Which One
The one drawer that may take the longest to deal with of course, is the Junk Drawer. You know, that “everything that you don’t know what to do with it” drawer. Today, yes, today, you will be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You are going to sort it out and deal with the contents.
- File it
- pay it
- garbage it
- recycle it
- and yes, there may still be a pile of “what do you do with it?” But it will be a smaller pile.
That feels better now, doesn’t it? Did you find any forgotten or mislaid treasures in that drawer?
I did! A full bib apron with the painted hand prints of my children all over it. I remember they made it for me for Mother’s Day one year. They must have all been under the age of 10 at the time–the hand prints are so small. I’ve now packaged it up with care in a zipper bag. To keep it clean, and preserve that memory.
Now that this is accomplished, let’s talk food!
What’s For Dinner Tonight?
While cleaning out the kitchen drawers, on the counter top is my trusty Crock Pot. Dinner tonight is some Chicken Breasts I discovered in the back of the freezer, and a jar of creamy Alfredo sauce with garlic. Mmmm. The smell in the kitchen is heavenly. Check out the full recipe here: Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo.
Or perhaps you don’t have a can or jar of Alfredo Sauce. Don’t worry, grab a can of Pasta Sauce and cook up some One Two Crock Pot Chicken. Remember, this Pantry Challenge is to EMPOWER you, and to teach you how to improvise when necessary.
Talking of improvising, did you remember to grab your copy of the Emergency Substitutions In The Kitchen booklet? Go to this article to grab it: Planning Your 7 Day Pantry Menu.