If your utensils are starting to take over the kitchen, it may be time for a little tough love. First, gather up all of your utensils and lay them out where you can look over every one. Start with the less durable utensils and give them a good once over. Are they starting to fall apart? Wooden utensils that are splitting or plastic spoons that have been melted are good candidates for being tossed.
Next, consider how often you really use a utensil. Special salad tongs can be handy…if you use them. If you find yourself serving salad with a pair of forks most of the time, perhaps donating the salad tongs is a better idea. It will surely save you some space.
Lastly, take the survivors and put them in organizers. If only a few survived, treat yourself to a pretty utensil holder and proudly display them on the counter. Another option is to hang them from the underside of your cupboards, which keeps them out of the way but easy to access.
Once you have cleaned up your utensils, make a commitment to spend the time to keep them organized. The time spent putting them back where they belong will probably be far less than the time spent fishing for the right one in a jumbled mess.