Well this kitchen drawer was that thing for me.
No big surprise, I'm sure, but it was practically impossible to ever find the utensil I was looking for in this disheveled tangle without some measure of digging and disgusted "Ugh!" sounds coming from yours truly.
Finally, finally, this past weekend I took 15 minutes and fixed the problem. Seriously, 15 minutes. WHY did I not do this sooner??
First step was emptying the contents of the drawer and separating into two piles: "keep" and "toss." One only needs so many soup ladles! The "toss" pile got, you guessed it, tossed, and the "keep" pile went into two further piles: "drawer" and "counter." Smaller items went into the "drawer" pile and larger ones into the "counter" pile. I had a spring-loaded drawer separator in the drawer already that just needed to be repositioned a bit before I neatly placed the remaining items back in the drawer. Approximately 7 minutes later I had this dramatic before and after.
But remember I said it took 15 minutes? Well it was so easy and gratifying a job I moved on to the drawer underneath and did the same.
The "counter" items, utensils I use often and are handy to have right at my fingertips, went into two containers - one for whisks and spatulas on the counter where I typically prep items and the other for ladles, large spoons, and other cooking utensils, near the stove.
I realized I haven't shared too many photos of my kitchen, so here's a quick little photo tour.
Sink side of kitchen
Stove side of kitchen
Have you ever kicked yourself for not making a simple organizational change sooner? I'm so happy with the way this new setup is functioning for me just these last few days!