Decluttering and Re-Lining My Kitchen Utensil Drawer

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This decluttering project is also a sponsored post. Right. I’m getting paid to tackle my messy kitchen drawer. Don’t worry. The irony is not lost on me.

Insanely Messy Kitchen Drawer Before Photo at

Sooooo, cooking had been a little difficult lately.

Maybe because my kitchen drawer looked like that.



It had been bugging me for a very long time. Finally, I took the less-than-ten-minutes to tackle it.

Now here’s where I used to get stuck. I’d look at that drawer and think of it as an Organizing Project. I’d assume I needed to stock up on dividers and other organizing supplies.

Now, from way-too-much experience, I know that it’s actually a Decluttering Project. If I’ll just declutter, the space will be comparatively organized and much more functional.

So I started pulling out the things I knew I didn’t need.

Like this:

Things found while decluttering a kitchen drawer at

A handle. Just a handle. Mmm-hmmmmm.

And this:

Unidentified Gadget Decluttered at

A handy-dandy who-knows-what-it-is gadget. I’m pretty sure it was given to me by someone (ahem, my mother) who loves and actually USES gadgets. Since I had no idea what to do with it, I stuck it in the Donate Box.

And . . . these:

Decluttering Project with Before and After Photos at

Really. I have no words.

Anyway, after I removed what I didn’t need, what was left was amazingly more manageable. I wiped out the bottom of the drawer. I threw away the wadded up liner that had obviously not done anything useful in a very long time.

Cleaning out a Kitchen Drawer at

And then, it just so happened that Duck® Brand sent me their new shelf liner!

As someone who fears commitment . . . I’ve always been scared of permanent (sticky) shelf liner. But obviously, what I had used hadn’t worked out well. But Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner grabs on the underside to prevent slipping and is smooth on the top side so the items in the drawer don’t cause it to move around!

And look at the pretty colors and designs:

Duck Brand Easy Liner Review at

I chose to use the neutral color since I liked the 20 inch wide size.

And “easy” liner lives up to its name.

Duck® Brand shelf liner project at

I placed it in the drawer, and then used my fingernail to create an indention to let me now where to cut.

Sizing Duck® Brand Easy Liners at

It was easy to cut and handle, and then I placed it in the drawer. I decluttered a few more things as I replaced the things I’d decided I needed.

And the finished “project”:

After Photo of Decluttering the Kitchen Drawer at

I put the things I use all the time in the front where I can get to them easily. The things I only rarely use are in the back.

I’d say “JUST decluttering” was rather beneficial, wouldn’t you?

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  1. 1

    Yay new post! We did some major cleaning/decluttering in a few hours this morning because we found out they were doing apartment inspections at the last minute! Now that u finally have a chance to sit I find your new post and you’re doing the same thing (although probably a little less frenzied haha). That lone handle is totally something I would find in our drawers because hubby is the type to keep stuff like that for mixing Kool aid!

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    I might actually use shelf liner for…shelves. I have a few in my kitchen that get too many crumbs, and this seems like it would be easy to wipe down.

    I had to throw away a utensil recently that came apart from its handle, too. I thought it was one that would last a long time, too.

  3. 3

    I love before and after shots!

    I would use the shelf liner to line my kitchen drawers, and also a little cabinet I have in the bathroom that corrals all my hair products.

  4. 4

    I just went to the website and saw that great Red Floral pattern…so pretty! I’m adding it to my running wish list 🙂

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    I visited the site, and the red pattern is just what I need for my pantry! Woo hoo! I will be ordering and will be sure to link over from here when I do. in case that matters. 😉

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    KellyJMF says:

    If that green thing is flexible, possibly silicon, I would guess it’s a pot grabber (usually for camping when you’re trying to cut down on volume/weight of stuff).

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    Awesome job! I need to get back to decluttering. I’m still not really bringing new clutter in, but I’m not really making much progress on taking clutter out… Summer just gets so busy!

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    Theresa in Texas says:

    Congrats on your newly-organized drawer and thanks for the info about the new product–will have to check for it when I next go shopping. I am thinking maybe I should use it to “wallpaper” my entire house…LOL! Always looking for the “magic” solution to my clutter problem.

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    Thank you so much for your humor. That “A handle. Just a handle. Mmm-hmmmmm.” and other comments like that you write really cheer me up and make it easier for me to face my own clutter.

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    Brittani A. says:

    You tell us we don’t need an item to remember a person, but what if that is what we remember them by and we still have that person (my grandmother) but not for much longer and no matter how rusty and worthless for working in the kitchen the tool we just can’t seem to get rid of the TWO vegetable peelers in the drawer?
    Whew, what a run-on!
    Almost ANYTHING I have in my kitchen belonged to her, and my husband’s grandmother’s health is not helping them either and so I am in a sort of weakened state.
    What would you do?

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      That’s tough. This probably isn’t the time to make such an emotional decision!

      Is there a way to just keep one?

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      KellyJMF says:

      How about taking it out of the drawer and displaying them on the wall with some other pieces?

    • 13

      I agree, probably not the time to make that difficult decision <3 I'd set it and anything else aside for now, perhaps put them in a box so they are out of the way. Maybe take pictures of them so you can make sure to save the memory if you do decide you're ready to give them up.

  11. 14

    You did great. I have to tell you that loose uncover knife in the top picture gives me heart failure LOL. I need to buy some of that liner for my drawers I hate the few things I do keep in there sliding all around. Good post.

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    Kelly P says:

    Great job on decluttering, the drawer looks nice. To keep it staying so neat, an organizer would be useful. Mine used to look like yours, all tidy, for about three days. Then it would go back to messy until I got an organizer.

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    Slob with OCD says:

    I missed the videos like this that you used to do. (Remember the outtakes of you ducking around the cabinet door like 10 times without noticing it was open). The great thing was that I heard the whole post in my head, because of those videos. Especially “I have no words”

    The humor is super helpful because I can dodge throwing things out because I feel bad for not having done it before, so it helps to someone else has mystery objects and untensiless handles in their drawer.

    • 18

      I’m determined to get back to making videos once school starts back up in the fall. I’m trying to learn tricks to keep the editing from being SUCH a time-consuming process!

  15. 20

    Buy one of those divided utensil thingies that you can put in that drawer–it will change your drawer life. I’m not kidding. I have one that has three sections and I keep the frequently used items up in the front, and I didn’t even bother with another “bin” for the front section. It helps keep the drawer tidy. I saw it on a blog, finally bought it, Wal-Mart maybe, it wasn’t expensive.

  16. 21

    Wondering if the green thingy is a “tea bag squeezer?” My mother had one. Even though she never (never!) made tea…????

    • 22

      Tea-bag squeezer? Now there’s a first-world product, for sure. One that creates more work than it saves, I think. Why do we do these things to ourselves?

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