Quick and Easy Steps to Organize Kitchen Drawers

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Are you looking for how to organize kitchen drawers? Do you need storage solutions for your kitchen? Do you struggle to open and close your kitchen drawers? Do you have a junk drawer that is out of control? Or maybe you have deep kitchen drawers or large drawers that can’t find what you are looking for? We all have so many kitchen utensils and gadgets:

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  • measuring cups
  • pot holders, kitchen towels, and dish towels
  • food storage containers
  • plastic wrap, plastic bags, and aluminum foil
  • small appliances
  • cookie sheets
  • spice jars and the list goes on and on.

I’ll show you a method for kitchen drawer organization that will improve your storage space and give you easy access to everything you need. Using inexpensive baskets or plastic bins as kitchen drawer organizers is a great way to make the most of your available space.

 First - declutter. How many of the same utensil do you really need? Ask yourself - do I really need/use this???

How To Organize Kitchen Drawers

The first step – declutter. How many of the same utensils do you really need? Ask yourself – do I really need/use this??? A great place to start is to take everything out and start from scratch.

 Next get some baskets that will fit into your drawer and help with the littler items.

Next get some baskets or storage bins that will fit into your drawer and serve as interior organizers. You can use smaller plastic containers for a top drawer or smaller drawers where you will keep small items and smaller utensils. You may want to use larger bins or clear containers in a low drawer, lower cabinets or deeper drawers to store larger items within easy reach. If you have plenty of counter space, a knife block may be a good option to store sharp knives and free up space in your kitchen utensil drawer. In addition, a wooden spice drawer insert is a perfect solution for organizing a messy spice drawer.

 Sometimes it helps to take everything out and start from scratch. The above and below before...

The picture above is before and below is after…

 Organize your drawers the way you want, and what works for you.

Organize your drawers the way you want, and what works for you.

Since this post, I have decided to make all my baskets match by using the same color.

Organize your drawers the way you want, and what works for you.

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Now that you’re ready to tackle this, here are some more kitchen organization tips that can make a huge difference:

  • Kitchen Cabinets – get an internal pan rack
  • Place baskets in your deep drawers so it’s easier to find things.
  • If you don’t want dollar store baskets, you can use bamboo drawer dividers or bamboo drawer organizers.
  • If it’s too much for you, hire a professional organizer (or me). You can also recruit a family member to help you.
  • Use the back of your cabinet doors to store more like your frying pans or lids.
  • These tips can be adjusted for small drawers, narrow drawers, etc

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  1. Penny Leslie says:

    I also thought why are these facing forward in the drawer the handles are all the same .so I faced them forward then I can grab the one I want and need not the flipper when i wanted the ladle ….

    1. So smart, I love that idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my goodness, your two drawers hold as much as my one drawer. LOL I actually have 2 fairly good size drawers in my dining room, and 1 small one in my kitchen. The only one that I’ve ever been able to organize is the one with my dinnerware. No matter what I I do our “junk drawer” keeps getting junkier. LOL “Where should I put this?” Answer “IDK, Junk Drawer”. Get a new utensil? Where do I put this? IDK Utensil Drawer (small one} is full as is the large utensil jar on the stove. “Junk Drawer”. I think the “mess” fairies live in those two drawers because every time I clear them out and get rid of some “junk”, within a month, They’re junky again. 🙁 That’s with dividers & small basket, BTW. Love your idea though, don’t get me wrong. I just have too much “junk”! 🙂

    1. Thank you Linda – I totally get it. We have a few junk drawers in our house. They fill up and then it’s time to go through and purge. My husband always says he finally figures out where stuff goes and I change it. I said I only do that if the system isn’t working LOL 🙂 Hugs my friend. I hope you are having a great day!

  3. I really need to do this! I only have two kitchen drawers; one for eating utensils and another for cooking utensils and with the boys “helping” to put away dishes I often can not even get the cooking utensil drawer to open. Pinning!

    1. Thank you and I totally understand. Love kids helping 🙂 Thank you for the Pin and I love that you want to do this too.

  4. Yep, I’ve definitely got a drawer or two that look like your before photo. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Thanks Leslie, totally get it 🙂 Even after I organize I still have to go back once and awhile and go through things. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I’m pretty sure you wrote this post with me in mind! haha. I have pinned this for later reference, and I plan to organize my drawers this way! Thank you for the tip on organization! 🙂

    1. Thanks Natalie, and thank you for the Pin. It definitely takes some time to find an organization system that works, and sometimes they have to be amended 🙂 Good luck!!!

  6. I need to do this in the worst way but the pack rat in me keeps saying don’t toss or give anything away. Thank you for the tips and encouragement. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  7. Thank you Sandra, and I know what you mean. Just when you finally let something go… you need it lol. Happy New Year to you!

  8. I actually did this for a while and it was wuite good until I found the perfect-sized utensil organizer at Ikea – fluke or not I love how it looks now even more. Otherwise baskets are great and I love all the variety you can find at dollar stores!

  9. Well, this is definitely a post that I needed. I really just plain have too much in my kitchen drawers. Thank you for the post.

    1. Thank you so much Amy, and I totally get it. I collect more gadgets, and then how many rubber scrapers do I really need… I still have one drawer that’s giving me grief, so I haven’t found the best system for that one yet.

  10. So clever! I need to get this done – it has been on my “to-do” list all quarantine! Thanks for the inspiration

    1. Thank you Estelle and you’ll love it. It’s so worth the hard work.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, it’s so worth it. I have totally been there.

  11. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  12. Oh yes, the holy grail of tidy – the kitchen drawer! I like to divide and conquer too, but I think I probably need to give mine another sort out as they are nowhere near as neat as yours!

    1. Thank you so much Julie, and yes I totally know what you mean. We constantly gain more and every once and a while we need to weed out.

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