One of our Culinary Resolutions for 2012 was to get organized in the kitchen. It's the one resolution we've tackled head-on over the last month, and we've already made some decent strides toward our goal.
We did a major streamlining of our pots and pans, paring down to the essentials we really use and donating the rest. (Goodbye, first set of Target cookware! We applaud your decade of service!)
We took what was left and organized it in a way that makes sense. It's amazing how easily we're able to find things now, and how much less painful it is to go hunting for a lid in the depths of our cabinets. It makes us wonder why we hadn't gotten serious about getting organized before now. Lesson learned. For now.
And while our food cupboards are still pretty full (look for us on an upcoming season of Hoarders: Someone Please Eat This!), we've been making a concerted effort to eat down what's been piling up in there. (Spoiler alert: We've been eating a lot of lentils. And you'll likely be hearing about it very soon.)
But our junk drawer remained a stubborn spot of chaos. Crammed with everything you can imagine (and some things you couldn't imagine), it was a disorganized, useless mess. We have literally spent hours of our lives searching for things in this jumble of kitchen gear and random items that don't belong elsewhere.
This weekend, we called time on the junk drawer and decided to do something about it. In fact, we made a little video about it.
So we went from the jumbled mess you see above to something much more sane.
Do you have one? And if not, where do you put all your stuff?
If you're brave enough, send us a photo of your junk drawer. We may even post a gallery of reader images.