Internet split over cutlery drawer arrangement debate

Cutlery drawer debate
People are passionate about their cutlery. Photo credit: Getty.

A debate has split the internet (and our newsroom) over the correct way a cutlery drawer should be arranged, after a woman wrote of the constant struggle with her mother-in-law.

Posting in popular Facebook group 'Organising Ideas Australia', the woman wrote that the traditional cutlery drawer arrangement in their house goes knife, fork, spoon.

But when her "old school Italian" mother-in-law comes to stay, the drawer mysteriously gets switched around.

Her mother-in-law rearranges the drawer into the order of forks, knives, spoons - the correct way, in my opinion.

"My mum-in-law stays every few weekends... she's old school Italian and has her way of doing things," the woman wrote.

"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."

Cutlery drawer debate
The arrangement the woman's mother in law changes the drawer to - the correct way IMO. Photo credit: Getty.

The post received over 1000 comments from fired up people expressing their own personal 'right way' to display cutlery. 

"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," wrote one person.

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

In the Newshub newsroom, debate was firmly on the 'set a table' formation: forks, knives, spoons.

One reporter thought it should go spoons, knives, forks - but admitted her parents were both left-handed so she had been raised differently.

Another reporter thought it should go in order of "most to least 'cutty'" - so knives, forks, spoons.


Freedom Kitchens showroom designer Elain Maytom has previously told Better Homes and Gardens that there "are not hard and fast rules" on the subject.

"It depends on the compartments of your cutlery tray... however, most people intuitively work from left to right."