I wanted an entire kitchen of drawers.  That was my dream!  Because when you come from a kitchen that only has two tiny drawers, you want all the drawers.

So, when we renovated our kitchen we designed it to have all the drawers!  No upper cabinets to keep with the clean lines we wanted in the space.  And keeping the same look throughout the kitchen, we could either do all drawers or all cabinets.  I picked drawers!

Well, we do have skinny cabinets next to the ovens and cabinets on the chair side of the counters.  But other than that, we have drawers!

how to organize kitchen drawers

I love each and every drawer I have, but organizing them can be a challenge… especially when you have to store plates, bowls, and cups in them.

But when you get creative with how you store things, organizing kitchen drawers can be a breeze!

Kitchen Utensil Drawers

organize kitchen utensil drawer

I wanted something that could hold all our utensils, since we have a lot of them!  I found an expandable utensil holder that fit perfectly into the space.  Then I added a long drawer organizer that matched to hold our serving utensils.  I wanted to keep all the utensils (every day and serving) all in the same drawer, since we use them frequently.

kitchen utensils drawer organizationFor all the cooking utensils, I used drawer dividers to separate each section of utensils.  I started by grouping the utensils into categories.  My categories are super random, but it’s how we use them that make sense.  I started with scoopers and smooshers (on the left).  Then I did mixers and mashers.  Sharp utensils are in the middle.  Meat cooking items came next.  Then was the wine/bottle openers are on the right.  I told you they were random categories!

Spices

spice drawer organization

All our spices are in a drawer next to the stove top.  They are alphabetically ordered so we can find them easily.  We went with an expandable drawer organizer because we move things so frequently.  All our prep cups are in the same drawer.  Since my husband uses them for all his cooking, this just made sense!

Baking

how to organize baking drawer

All our baking prep is organized in a drawer using lots of drawer organizers.  Since these are so small, it just makes it easier to find all the items we have.

Our baking flours are in another drawer, organized in containers with labels on the lids.

Pots and Pans

pots and pans drawer organization

Our pots and pans are in a drawer under our stove top.  I try to keep lids on each of the pots so we don’t have to search for the matching lid.

Our pans are organized by type.  All grill pans are together.  The frying pans are stacked with largest on the bottom.  And I keep the splash pad covers with the pans.

Plates and Bowls

organizing plates in a drawer

As you can see I didn’t empty the dishwasher before I took pictures.  So there is one more stack of plates that go in this drawer, it was just in the dishwasher!!  #lazy

So all our plates and bowls are in drawers.  We have a lot of plates, so our large plates are in one drawer.  Our smaller plates and kid’s plates are in another drawer.  Our bowls are in another drawer.  And our pasta bowls are in another drawer.  We planned it that way since we have a lot plates!

Towels

Towel drawer organization

Next to our dish washer we have four small drawers.  When we were designing this, everyone thought I was nuts for wanting these four drawers.  But when they actually saw my vision come to life, they all agreed that this was a great decision!  These small drawers hold our towels!

I have one drawer for hand towels.  One for bar rags.  One drawer for drying rags.  And the bottom drawer holds our aprons!

Not Pictured

I would have loved to picture each and every drawer, but some of the pictures just weren’t coming out right.  So I am just going to tell you about the rest of the drawers!!

Our Tupperware is in a drawer.  I store it with the lids on each piece of Tupperware to keep things organized.

All our baking and cooking gadgets are all in drawers, organized by baskets.  Our mixing bowls are in another drawer that is next to the stove top.  That drawer also holds the oven mitts.

Our glasses and cups are in a drawer, turned face down.  I used the grip liner to hold them in place.

Finally, our cutting boards and pantry are in the skinny cabinet next to the oven.

how to organize kitchen drawersSo now you have had a peek into my drawers!  This took time to get things organized.  We totally moved things around after we shoved them from the boxes they were packed in into drawers.  I made a plan and put all the stuff away.  Then, as we used the kitchen we quickly realized that some of the drawers were not working.  We moved stuff around until we were happy with where it was.  Then I found things to organize the drawers.

My suggestion for you is to finalize where you want all the items in your kitchen drawers.  Then, and only then, find drawer organizers that fit the drawers and your stuff!!

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About The Organized Mama

My name is Jessica and I am the founder and creative director of The Organized Mama, a professional organizing firm and blog. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Illinois. I graduated Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. My passion is teaching others how to live an organized life. I am a certified professional organizer with the National Association of Productivity and Organizational Professionals (NAPO).

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