The Do’s And Don’ts Of How To Organize Kitchen Drawers

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The kitchen is the heart of your home. It's where you prepare and enjoy meals with family and friends, but it can also be a cluttered mess.

You know that feeling when you open up your drawers to find mismatched spoons, forks, knives, or other utensils – or not even find what you’re looking for? That's not only frustrating but could also be dangerous.

We've listed some great tips on how to organize kitchen drawers so they're safe and efficient for cooking.

Keep reading our article for more information.

Organize kitchen drawers effectively

The first step to keeping your drawers organized is figuring out what you need. As a general rule, smaller utensils should be stored in smaller drawers and larger objects can go into larger drawers.

Some things aren't meant to be put in the dishwasher no matter how careful you are with cleaning them. For special stuff like these, it's smart to store them separately from other utensils.

When you have sharp knives that have intricate designs or handles that may get damaged easily, consider that by dropping this silverware on hard surfaces you may damage the handle or blade.

When storing knives, make sure you lay them flat in your drawer to avoid accidents. If you have a lot of utensils, consider investing in separate drawers for storing different types of spoons and forks.

The same rule applies to salad tongs and serving tongs: they should be stored separately because they are generally used at different times. This is especially true if you use one type more often than the other.


How many drawers should a kitchen have?

It's a good idea to have at least one drawer for knives, forks, and spoons. 

Here are some other helpful tips:

  • Do you keep all your utensils in the same section of the drawer?
  • Do use dividers to separate larger objects (like pots) from smaller objects (silverware)?

You can also try using containers instead of drawers if you prefer. This is especially true if you want to save space or need to store things away quickly. 

Whether you decide on drawers or containers, make sure that they're easy to open and close. When it comes to kitchen accessories like these, it's best not to be lazy. 

You wouldn't want your utensils getting damaged because they weren't properly stored. Take time to organize your utensils properly, and it will be worth the effort.

How should you organize kitchen drawers using containers or drawers?

Containers are excellent for storing things like plastic bags, cling wrap, and aluminum foil. You can also use clear containers to store and display similar objects.

For example, you could use a container to hold all your measuring cups and spoons together in one place. Keep them inside another container with other cooking equipment used during meal preparation. 

Just make sure that you don't over-stuff these containers. It may seem like a good idea at first but keep in mind that you'll have to remove items when it's time to wash the pot or pan. For this reason, we suggest finding multiple containers that will hold your tools, so you'll have easy access to all of them.

Another great way to organize kitchen drawers is by using smaller containers with lids. These are especially useful for holding things like cooking oil and larger spices. If you have a lot of different spices, consider getting spice racks and putting them next to your stove or in another convenient location.


What utensils should I invest in?

Get some heavy-duty utensils made out of real stainless steel. These can be expensive but worth it because they won't bend or dent easily. Investing in a swivel knife block will make it easier to chop up large pieces of food while keeping the knives nearby.

If you're the messy type, there are utensils you can buy which keep things tidy in your drawers. For example, tongs that come apart so they fit more easily into small spaces and spatulas whose handles fold up neatly.

Lastly, if you want to save time storing and washing large amounts of silverware, consider getting a dishwasher – this will save you having a big sink full of dishes.

Another tip is to store utensils by function rather than type. For example, if you have a lot of spatulas, consider storing them all the same way to make it easier on yourself when cooking. You could either get the same brand or style for easy comparison when shopping.

Some people prefer hanging their utensils from hooks instead of keeping them in drawers. This may take up more space but it's good if you need things that are easy to grab at a moment's notice. 

If this is your preferred method, just be sure that your utensils don't become scratching hazards. They should also be properly anchored so they don't fall and break. 

Is it better to have drawers or cabinets in the kitchen?

There are pros and cons to both cabinets and drawers. Drawers offer easy access to their contents, but they may take up more space than cabinets. 

On the other hand, cabinet doors can get in your way if you're cooking, but they do offer extra storage space. You should base your decision on what is more practical for you rather than just getting what looks good.

You can also organize kitchen cabinets and drawers by storing them according to the type of material like glassware or non-glassware. Glasses would be kept together while cups would be placed separately from plates.

Above all else, remember that kitchen utensil aren't meant for decoration. They're a tool that is meant for making life easier (and safer) in the kitchen. If you make things easy on yourself, you'll find it a lot less frustrating to cook and clean up afterward.

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Final thoughts on how to organize kitchen drawers

In conclusion, you can easily organize kitchen drawers by putting things in containers or even with hooks. 

You could also use dividers if you want to separate larger items like utensils and smaller ones like spices. 

As long as you find ways to keep everything orderly, your drawers will make it easier to get things from and ultimately safer when it comes to cooking.

Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

Jim has been in the construction business for over 12 years with plenty of experience working on client projects, from start to finish. From kitchens to bathrooms and backyard spaces, he writes on a wide variety of topics surrounding home improvement.

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