Many moons ago I was fluttering around Blogland when I came across Mommys Pinkie Lipgloss and her post for a Silverware Tray Makeover. The post was pretty inspiring. I don’t know about you but my silverware trays don’t take long to get all dirty and nasty. I live in an old farmhouse with equally as old cabinets. Every time you close a drawer wood shavings make their way into the drawer or cabinet below. It’s annoying. And there are things I tend to get pretty lazy about and let me tell you taking the time to clean out drawers and cabinets is one of them.
Well, Michelle’s post gave me an idea. I didn’t have any pretty duct tape on hand so I did something a little different. Forget the soap and water. Forget the sloshing around. Who has time for that anyway? Just scoot the silverware over , stick some tape down, pull it up and whammo! No more grodies in the corners.
5 minute fix.
I have 2 silverware containers. One in the top drawer for our regular eating utensils and one in the second drawer right under it for organization of our various tools like pizza cutters (we have 3) and ice cream scooper ( we have 4.) I mean really, why do we need so many of the same thing?? I have another drawer by the cooktop that has all our spatulas and other cooking spoons. I got tired of not being able to organize it so I created my on utensil holder. I’m all about these 5-minute projects.
What are some quick-fixes around your home you are proud of?
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Wow, you’re good. I usually just throw mine out every few years and buy a new one. But then again, I buy the cheap ones that only cost a few dollars, so it’s easier to just buy a new one than invest any time into cleaning our dirty one.
I’m guilty of throwing out the old trays and buying new. This is a good way to get the yuck out of the corners though, good thinking!
Ben @ Cheap is the New Classy says
What an AWESOME tip! I had to clean our silverware trays the other day, and it was such a pain in the butt.
I love this. Until now, I’ve never been able to get all the crud out of the corners, even when I washed it. Thanks!
Ours gets so gross. I need to get motivated to clean ours out as well.
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
I usually buy inexpensive trays and just run them through the dishwasher every now and then. I definitely need to clean out my silverware drawers soon and organize them.
Liz Mays says
So all this time I’ve been wasting time washing mine. This is an easier clean-up method.
Yikes! I never knew how much gunk gets caught in that thing. Mine is fixed into my cabinet drawer but I clean it regularly
Debbie L. says
I use soap and water – the tape is a good idea. I like your idea of using a tray for odd shaped items – I am going to give that a try -so often the small pieces are hidden in the corners of the drawer making them impossible to find.
Great idea! I don’t know why these things get so dirty. I probably need to give mine a good cleaning today.
I like five minute fixes. We have two of some things too, but I’m scared if I get rid of one, the other will break. 😉
Carly Anderson says
I really need to clean our silverware tray out. I haven’t done it in a few months and it’s starting to look kind of nasty.
Krystal's Kitsch says
Anything to get my house cleaner faster is a-okay by me! Thank you for these tips. My house is a WRECK!!
Janel (A Mom's Take) says
My kitchen is so unorganized. It’s actually my husband that will organize it for me a few times a year. Then I mess it all up again. I can usually clean and organize my bathroom and closet pretty quickly. That’s my quick fix.
Catherine S says
I love the 5 minute fix, this is such a great idea. I usually just throw mine out and buy a new one.
Tape really is an amazing invention! I have to get down into my drawers too
love this! I actually just cleaned mine the other day. I don’t have many quick fixes, I clean constantly in my house!
That sure is a time saver. I tend to just dump all the dishes out and throw mine in the dishwasher every few months, but will be sure to remember this for a quick fix in the future!
I alway wonder how that thing manages to get to dirty. I always use a vacuum extension and warm cloth. Good idea about the tape.
Good for you. I normally end up tossing the tray. I have how crusty they can get. I don’t recall sweeping crumbs in there. LOL
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love using baskets to help organize my closets and drawers. I really like your tip with the tape for getting the crumbs. Thanks for reminding me it is time to reorganize my cutlery drawers.
So clever! I hate cleaning out the utensil drawer. I never can seem to get all the crud out – but now I’ll try this!
I can’t believe I’ve been washing mine (although, I do like Robin and buy new ones about ever 1.5 – 2 years) when I could have been doing this!
I never think to wash mine. Ever. I usually just take the silverware out and then dump the gunk in the trash and put the stuff back in.
I wouldn’t have thought of this! We usually just dump the crumbs in the sink. 🙂
Mina Slater says
My mom would love you for this! She has a fascination with tape. She says tape can fix everything! This is a quick fix I’d love to try though.
LOL! That is very clever. With 4 kiddos our silverware sometimes disappears! LOL! SO that is how we end up with so much.
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
Great ideas! I never though to layer either. Mine is a super mess. I recently reorganized my pantry and cabinets with the intention of doing my drawers next, but that never happened….
Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog says
It is crazy how much stuff can gather at the bottom of a utensil holder. I mean I know I put all of my items in the drawers clean so were does all the crap come from. lol
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
Haha, I’m always looking for a quick fix for cleaning! If you can’t duct it… well you know. 😉
Danielle @ We Have It All says
I hate my silverware drawer, there’s never enough room. I clean my tray pretty often, but I just swipe it with a clorox wipe really quick.
This is such a great tip! my silverware draw is so embarrassing.
Shannon Gosney says
I love how simple this sounds to get your silverware tray clean! I better head to the store and pick up some duct tape.