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Dust in cutlery drawer

by Julie Finch-Scally

Why and how do crumbs get into cutlery drawers? I looked down into my top kitchen drawer this morning and there they were: small bits of crumbs collecting along the edges of each enclosed section.

Yes there were crumbs, but there was also dust. The combination of both sat in little piles on the base of the drawer. There was nothing to do but remove the drawer and get rid of those dust kitties.

Of course I had to remove all the cutlery and other kitchen accessories in the drawer before I could pull the drawer out and lift it off its runners. That wasn’t difficult, neither was removing the cutlery tray. What was difficult was getting rid of all the dust and crumbs and all the black marks I discovered at the bottom of the tray.

The cutlery tray is a plastic insert in the drawer which has divisions to separate the knives, forks and spoons. Once all the cutlery had been removed I could see the black marks on the bottom. The stainless steel cutlery must have left marks when rubbing against the plastic base.

Thankfully the plastic tray was easily removed from the drawer and I was able to shake the dust and crumbs out of the tray by shaking it over the rubbish bin. I then got some cream cleanser and a damp cloth and rubbed over the marks to get the base clean. I did have to use the scourer side of a sponge/scourer with the cream cleanser then wash off the residue, but that was successful and the tray just needed to be dried.

The rest of the drawer, which actually is rather long and has a panel in the front without a tray, was a little harder. Yes I tipped the drawer upside down over the rubbish bin and most of the crumbs and dust came out, but there were still bits along the bottom edges and in the corners.

I tried rubbing inside the space along the sides with a hand brush which lifted most but didn’t completely remove those bits stuck in the corners. I did consider getting out the vacuum cleaner but I knew even the nozzle wouldn’t remove that dust stuck in the corners.

In the end I found a metal spike and prodded the dust out of the corners with the tip. That was just perfect. I was quite surprised at the amount of dust that came from the corners. The tip of the spike managed to get all the stuck in dust out of the crevices. All that was required was to turn the drawer upside down over the rubbish bin again and knock the dust out.

After that I replaced the cutlery tray and lifted the drawer back into place onto the side runners. Everything went back into each allocated section and Voilà. It was all done and clean.

I still don’t know how the crumbs get into that top drawer, but I will try harder not to let it happen again.



Old receipts

by Julie Finch-Scally

Do you keep all your receipts from your Credit and Debit card? I do and put them away in a special drawer so I can keep a check on something unusual on my statement, or return an item when it doesn’t perform the way it should.

This is all very well, but I forget to toss out the receipts at the end of each financial year. I just keep filling the allocated boxes and the pile of receipts builds up higher and higher.

Last week I was putting more receipts into the Debit Card box and realised there was no more room for this new pile of receipts. I pulled out the box to do something about it.

My intention was to toss the old receipts to make space for the new ones. But imagine my surprise to discover receipts going back four years. Obviously there was no need to keep receipts that old so I removed receipts until the only ones left were for this financial year. I put the new receipts in the box and replaced the box back into the drawer.

My next problem was what to do with the old receipts? I am a little wary of putting things like bank and sales receipts into the recycling as there are too many important details that can be ascertained by analysing them.

There were really too many receipts to start tearing up, so I eventually placed them in amongst the putrescible garbage in a plastic bag and placed that in the plastic bag that went in the refuse collection bin. I figured if someone really wanted to get their hands dirty mussing around my receipts in the garbage they had to be really keen.

But the whole factor of holding on to receipts for over four years led me to wonder how and when one should get rid of old receipts. We once had a shredding machine which was great until it broke down because it didn’t take kindly to paper clips and staples. But was a shredder the answer?

I know many people never keep their receipts, and I thought that might be a better idea. But being a pedantic lady I felt a bit strange about doing that. The whole point though was did I ever look back through the Debit Card receipts? I know many times I have gone back through Credit Card receipts to check on things, but I cannot truthfully remember looking back over Debit Card receipts. I always glance over the Debit Card statement but have never noticed anything wrong. So if I was going to keep the receipts – for how long?

Decision made. As I received each statement, which is usually three monthly: I would remove the receipts relative to that statement, tear them in half and throw them into the garbage. This way there will always be room for the current receipts, and hopefully all will be well.

So if you are being engulfed with out-of-date receipts, remove them from their hiding place and make more room in your drawers.


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