Welcome to our weekly series called “If You Only Do One Thing”.
This is designed to be a task that will take roughly 10 minutes and can be done with materials you have at home.
We want this to be something quick to do, but which will give you a little feeling of accomplishment all week long.
If you only do one thing, thin out and clean out your silverware drawer.
If you’re like me, you haven’t done anything much with your silverware drawer since you moved in. And, also, if you’re like me, that means that drawer is overfilled with collected silverware – and crumbs. It’s a small but daily annoyance.
Let’s fix that. Here’s how:
- Set your timer for 10 minutes.
- Empty the contents of your entire silverware drawer onto the counter.
- Fill your silverware organizer with hot, soapy water and let it sit while you work.
- Quickly go through the spoons, knives and forks and keep only the ones you really need. Any with scratchy edges, or too many scallops? Ditch them.
- If you have baby silverware but no more babies, keep one fork, spoon and “spork” for visiting babies in the future, and say thank you and goodbye to the rest. (This part was weirdly hard for me. But I did it.)
- Ask yourself: how many straws do I need? Really. And how many plastic forks do I need? Be brutal and ditch the rest.
- Take a damp paper towel and wipe out the inside of the drawer of any crumbs or smudges. (Mine had chocolate syrup. Go figure.)
- Return to your organizer, finish washing and drying it and get it back in the drawer.
- Put all your silver back into the organizer.
Stand back and listen to the Penelope choir sing, my friends. Good work.
Bonus points: post a photo of your silverware drawer on our Facebook page. We’ll all celebrate with you.