Woman furious after her mother-in-law re-arranges her cutlery drawer

How do YOU organise your cutlery drawer? Heated debate ignited after mother-in-law re-arranges woman’s knives, forks and spoons in a controversial order 

  • A woman’s mother-in-law has re-arranged her cutlery drawer in a different order
  • While she had it knife, fork, spoon, her mother went for forks, knives then spoons
  • It wasn’t long before the post incited plenty of attention from commenters
  • Many said the correct way to store it is in the same way you set the table

A woman has sparked heated debate after revealing her mother-in-law came around to her home and re-arranged her cutlery drawer.

While the woman had displayed her cutlery in the order of knife, fork, spoon, her mother-in-law came around and replaced it in the order of forks, knives and spoons.

‘My mum in law stays every few weekends (she’s old school Italian and has her way of doing things etc I get a laugh,’ the woman wrote on Facebook.

A woman has sparked heated debate after revealing her mother-in-law came around to her home and re-arranged her cutlery drawer (pictured: how she re-arranged the drawer)

‘She changed my cutlery to go forks, knives, spoons, I had knives first. Last visit, she re-hung my washing with every piece touching. I just let her do it.’  

It wasn’t long before the post received countless comments over what was the right way to display cutlery.

‘This is how I have mine organised,’ one person posted.

‘It’s correct etiquette as to lay out a table setting – funnily enough we were taught how to do this years ago in high school,’ another wrote.

Others said the ‘correct’ order is ‘definitely spoons forks knives’, while another controversially said it’s ‘spoons, forks knives in this house’.

‘It’s correct etiquette as to lay out a table setting – funnily enough we were taught how to do this years ago in high school,’ one person commented (stock image)

One person shared a tale of how much people care about the subject, writing: ‘I remember when I was at my boyfriend’s house, now my husband – and I put the cutlery away.

‘We had used all the cutlery so the drawer was empty, I put them in knives, forks, spoons.

‘The next day everyone lost their minds. They were all saying “why are the forks there?”. I was so confused, but pretty amused that it was such a big deal.’ 

Many said it all comes down to the order in which you set the table, so forks should always come first, followed by knives and then spoons. 

So what is the correct order?

Speaking to Better Homes and Gardens, the Senior Showroom Designer at Freedom Kitchens, Elain Maytom, revealed her thoughts on the subject:

‘There are no hard and fast rules here, and it also depends on the compartments of your cutlery tray,’ she said.

‘However, most people intuitively work from left to right. 

‘If you prefer to lay everything out the way you would a table setting, then go for it – forks on the left, followed by knives with blades facing inwards (or to the left), followed by spoons.’  

She also said it’s a good idea to have the ‘handles facing out and nearest to you’, so that is what you grab hold of when taking them out. 

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