When someone says kitchen cabinet handles chances are the image that comes to mind for you is some of the drawers and cabinets in your kitchen. This makes perfect sense because this is usually where we see these kinds of handles. But, if you have a couple extra handles sitting around, or know where you can get some more that match your kitchen, they may be about to help you organize your kitchen a little more and make it a neater and more clutter free environment. Here's the plan, you're going to use those extra kitchen cabinet handles to go up on the wall and become miniature hanging racks. In addition to the handles you're going to need to find some hooks and other hardware in matching material, or at least a complimentary metal material, to your kitchen cabinet handles.
Any kitchen organizing solution begins with uncluttering. Take everything out of the drawer. Sort items into one of 3 piles based on how regularly you use the item. Sorting by your/family usage is easier and helps weed out under utilized or infrequently used kitchen items. For each item place it in one of three piles; regularly used pile; less often used pile or, almost/never used pile. This way you are getting rid of kitchen declutter. The almost never used pile of items is the pile for charity or to throw out. The exception are those items, like a turkey baster for instance, used for annual events like holidays. Try and keep these items to a minimum or better yet store them away with the other same seasonal items. For instance, the nut cracker you pull out every December, keep it with your other items you store for this time of year. For the less often used pile look to dispose of duplicates, worn out, novelty items no longer used. Keep the regularly used items. A general rule of thumb is 25% of the stuff we currently have, we can live without. See if you are living by this rule.
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.
If you find that your center-to-center measurement is an odd size, you have three choices. You can search until you find the odd size of drawer pulls to match your drawers. This is usually not the best option unless you have a lot of time. It can take months or even years. The second choice is to fill the original holes with wood putty, finish over them, and make new holes.
If you're a parent who believes in raising self-sufficient kids, then have I got a tip for you. It involves buying some simple drawer organizers and allowing your kid to put away clean silverware from the dishwasher as well as sort some of his or her own laundry.
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