Cleaning out my island

Dec 29, 2010 by

Time to clean out my island.

No, thats not my island.

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Here is my island.  isn’t it pretty?

A few times lately I’ve been cooking and looking for some tool or utensil and I know have 7 of them, but can’t find a single one.  My drawers are overflowing with kitchen stuff and I don’t know why I might ever need 12 scrapers, or 8 wooden spoons all at once.

So I set out to clean out my kitchen island drawers and get rid of some items that I have way too many of and never use

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Here is the mess

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This is the worst drawer.  An abyss of utensils and implements of destruction

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This one is also bad, but slightly better with the silverware being somewhat organized, even if my knives don’t fit in the tray

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And here it all is.  Everything that was in my drawers taken out.

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5 whisks

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why do I have 12 scrapers?  seriously, why?

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4 peelers

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an entirely separate set of knives and sharpener, even though i have much better knives in the knife block on the counter

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and enough wooden spoons to beat a Octo-Mom’s children

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a bunch of chopsticks

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And once I had everything out I was able to clean out all the gunk in the drawers.  yuck

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putting things back now.  this drawers wasn’t so bad

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Here’s the middle drawer with many things removed

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Here’s the first drawer with a lot less in it.

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Here’s the pile of stuff to go into a box and see if I miss it or need it.

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Into the box to be set aside and then eventually donated.

Here’s the grand tally of everything I had in the drawers:

  • 12 Flexible scrapers
  • 2 tongs
  • 1 garlic press
  • 1 wedge blade cutter thingy
  • 1 ice cream scoop
  • 2 can openers
  • 5 whisks
  • 2 potato mashers
  • 5 spatulas
  • 4 big spoons/ladles
  • 1 slotted spoon
  • 2 pasta spoons
  • 2 cork screws
  • 1 bottle opener
  • 4 peelers
  • 1 melon baller
  • 8 wooden spoons
  • 1 wood spatula with holes
  • 1 baby fork (we don’t have kids)
  • 3 graters
  • 5 knives
  • 1 knife sharpener
  • 8 pair of chopsticks
  • 1 pair large chopsticks
  • 1 turkey baster
  • 1 mandolin slicer
  • 1 apple corer
  • 1 lemon squeezer
  • 2 egg slicers
  • 1 turkey injector
  • 1 kitchen aid dough hook

Here’s what I put in a box to set aside and see if I’d miss any of these items before donating them.

  • 4 wooden spoons
  • 1 slotted fork
  • 1 part to a nut chopper I don’t think I even own anymore
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 spaghetti spoon
  • 1 large spoon
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 metal whisk
  • 5 knives
  • 1 knife sharpener
  • 1 baby fork
  • 1 bottle opener
  • 1 peeler
  • 6 white flexible scrapers

I could probably get rid of more, but my wife hates it when I do this, so baby steps.  I may take another pass at this in a little while to see what I use and what I don’t.

Hope this inspires you to tackle a small area of your house and get rid of things you don’t need that get in the way of the ones you do use.

Ben…

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  • dave

    maybe i should take pictures too, but it just depresses me when i look at how much “stuff” i seem to have to wade through to get things done. did a load of goodwill clothes. sending 4 terrariums to dawn's school. cleaned out the kitchen “manual” drawer. got rid of an entire set of plastic bowl/containers (because dawn wanted the nice “glass” ones from costco). dawn is taking a load of stamping stuff to work to make books with kids. it will probably end up staying there someday (i can hope). i have until the 29th to wrap a ton of mini stuff for the white elephant sale. if you and joey get a really wild hair, you should come up and visit and hit it. got a sister in law to take a few big mirrors off my hands. how do we get here? and why? yeesh.