Happy Friday! Today I am going to try to make you give in to a little peer pressure-the good kind though ;) See, as much as I love things to be nice and organized, I also want them to look pretty. That is why I am going to give you these five words of advice: DITCH THE PLASTIC UTENSIL TRAY!!
As much as none of us want to admit it, we have all experienced the nasty and grimy plastic utensil trays. And even for the cleanest person, those darn things somehow always seem to collect crumbs in the bottom (which I don't at all understand since you are putting clean utensils in them...If anyone can explain to me how this happens, please do!)
A couple years ago I finally had had enough and went on the search for a better option and found these metal mesh trays from The Container Store. And while my drawer certainly does not look like it belongs in a magazine, it feels so much cleaner than my old plastic organizer. I will say that my only complaint with these is that my continental sized knives do not fit in the typical knife section, so I had to put them in the longer slots. But, I can live with that :)
Since I have additional pieces in my set (appetizer forks, dessert forks, long tea spoons) I used two trays and just flipped them the opposite way and put them back to back. Works great!
And my knife sharpener just hangs out at the back ;)
A quick and cheap change that makes a BIG difference. I wish I had a picture of the before to show you what a change it really is, but just take my word for it ;) And if you take the plunge and toss the plastic tray, I would love to see your before and after pics!