Ask yourself these simple questions. How often do I use this item? If regularly used doesn't come top of mind, then toss the item into the garbage or put aside to give to charity. Also, for multiples of the same thing, ask yourself how many do I use? Recently, I found I had multiple wooden spoons, four of them in fact; I really only use 2 of the 4 - why keep 4 when 2 are used? So I put them in a give away pile for charity, in my case Value Village.
The best place to put these handles, or your newfound racks, are under some of the cabinetry that you already have in place. Since in this case we're going to hang some cooking utensils on these racks, somewhere in the vicinity of the stove or spice rack is a good place to put them. Just like you would attach the handles to anything else you're going to attach them to your wall. If you have multiple handles, you may want to space them pretty close together so that it looks like you have one consistent area to organize all those utensils. Or, if you have little bits of wall space here and there you can also spread them out so they're available where ever you need them.
Once things are fresh and covered, dig into your kitchen drawers. This is often one of the most disorganized parts of a kitchen because people think nobody looks in their drawers other than those using them. However, even if this is true, using disorganized drawers adds to stress and frustration when cooking. Everyone knows how annoying it is to reach into a drawer while cooking three of four items on the stove, only to see a giant mess and no whisk, spatula or stirring spoon. Use drawer organizers to divide items into categories and if you feel like there are no organizers that suit your needs, make your own.
Our youngest kids can't tackle a full dishwasher or the laundry just yet. But they are old enough to put away the silverware and manage their underwear and sock drawer. I placed a couple of drawer organizers in our large kitchen drawers and used a permanent marker to draw an outline of each utensil type inside each slot. Now the kids can follow the simple code and put away the silverware into the drawer organizers without any help from me. I think they've even made it into a game, to see who can finish first.
Deciding on which of the many drawer handles to choose can be difficult because there are so many choices. Taking a few things into consideration will help to narrow the choice. What will it be used for? If it is for kitchen drawers, than knowing that the kitchen is one of the busiest areas of the home should persuade leaning toward more durable types. If the they are for a dresser that was refinished trying to match the them to the period that the dresser comes from is a good idea, of if the dresser will be used in a child's room one of the more whimsical options might be a good choice. If they will be used on a bathroom vanity then choosing something that will be durable and moisture resistant might be the right way to go.
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