Tips For Organizing Kitchen Drawers
March 21, 2014
The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.
One of the great things about the new house that we moved into in December is all of the drawer space in the kitchen. The drawers are deep, there’s lots of them, and it gives us have plenty of room to store the things that I need in the kitchen. The question was…. how to go about organizing my kitchen drawers in such a way that kept them nice and neat and made things easy to find? I think I came up with a few ways to do just that! Below you’ll find 5 tips for organizing kitchen drawers.
#1 Get Rid of the Clutter!
First things first….. if you have so many things stuffed into your kitchen drawers that you can hardly close them, then it’s time to clear out the clutter! Empty your drawers and decide what items you really use all of the time and which ones are duplicates. Chances are- you’ve collected one too many spatulas, wooden spoons, or other odds and ends. And you probably aren’t even sure why you’re still keeping them! Now is the time to edit what you own, and donate the things that you’re no longer using.
#2 Create Containers for Like Items
My very favorite drawer in my kitchen is my silverware drawer. And it might be because -for the first time ever- I made the investment and purchased these individual bamboo drawer organizer to hold every single item. I love that my pointy knives are separate from my rounded-end knives (so easy to grab the right one to make a peanut-butter sandwich!), and that my serving spoons are separate from my long handled tea spoons and my cereal spoons. Is this totally silly? Of course it is! But looking at this neat drawer makes me very happy!
#3 Sort Drawers Based on Function
Many kitchens have a drawer or two set aside for “utensils”, but if you can take it a step further and create one place for utensils used in baking and food prep, and a separate drawer for utensils used for cooking on the stove, it will be easier to quickly find what you need. In the drawer above, I used larger sized bamboo containers to hold the just measuring cups and different ones to hold kitchen knives for food prep.
And this drawer contains everything that I need in order to pack school lunches for my kids. I have the containers that they use for snack items, brown bags, Ziploc bags, napkins, and plastic utensils. When I am packing lunches- there’s just one place that I need to go to grab everything that I need.
#4- Use What You Have!
While it’s lovely to have pretty matchy-matchy containers- it’s also not necessary. In some drawers I’ve used wooden or tin boxes that I already owned to hold items. This little purple box above is a former Melissa and Doug kids craft kit that I now use to hold my (very important) wine accessories!
#5- Use the Items Themselves to Create Organized Sections
In this drawer I keep all of my plastic storage containers, and by separating the lids from the bases and creating a little pattern of space, I am able to have all of the different sized containers in their own space, where I can easily see them, and the items don’t shift around as I open and close the drawer.
The real question to ask yourself when decluttering isn’t “Why?” it’s “Why not?”
Clutter doesn’t leave enough room in your home for love, light, friendship, fun, and happy moments, even if it’s stored away. If something isn’t serving your priorities, it’s tearing them down. So instead of making those three huge mistakes above, ask yourself:
• What is the actual cost of keeping this? In terms of time and energy spent, as well as mental clutter?
• If I set this free, what good can it do in the world? Is it wasting away its “life” here in my house?
• Why not? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I let this go?
With this mental shift, you’ll be able to let go of so much more that you’ve been holding on to just because you could.