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If you’re anything like me, you have to organise kitchen drawers on a constant basis. Not because it’s an intense impulse, but because you tend to throw anything into them. Call it my toxic ADHD trait, but every drawer in my house is a ‘junk‘ drawer. Can’t find the spare car key? It’s in one of many junk drawers. Lost my wireless headphones? Yep, in a junk drawer! My husband hates it, and while I do too, it’s nothing a good organisation session wouldn’t fix. Temporarily!
The simple way to organise kitchen drawers!
My kitchen is one of my favourite places to be! To be honest it’s a big portion of why we bought the
house we bought! I adore how big and beautifully designed it is but, what I don’t love is that with
all this storage comes great chaos! Yes, I’ve got a fantastic amount of storage but without proper storage techniques, my kitchen becomes the most stressful zone of my house. And what’s the worst place? The kitchen drawers!
They’re so simple to just toss items “to deal with later.” But when does later come? I’ll let you know when I find out! Either way, I learned quickly that to stop the clutter building, I needed to implement a plan!
But where do you even begin!? Let’s dive into how to organise kitchen drawers easily!
This is both my favourite and least favourite part of organisation. While I love taking everything out and really seeing what I own, I don’t like being faced with everything laid out in front of me.
To begin, empty out all of your drawers. I did mine at once, much like ripping off a band-aid, but that’s entirely up to you. While one by one seems easier at first, you may find yourself going back and forth between drawers, ultimately slowing you down. No matter what you choose, place a dish towel or blanket onto any available surface and just tip it upside down!
Time to sort! With each item take a moment to decide if you want to keep, donate, or toss. Create three piles and sort as you go.
If you’re having difficulty with some items such as family heirlooms or “just in case” items, place them off to the side. You can return to them at the end to make your decision once you know what your keep pile looks like.
*Be mindful that if donating items they shouldn’t be heavily used items, broken, or straight-up garbage.
Categorize your items.
Place your garbage pile into the garbage, the donate pile to the side and spread out your keep pile. Now you can clearly see each item. Now you can begin to create categories for items such as cooking utensils, celebration items, lighters and matches, tools, measuring items etc. When you have an idea of how much of each category you have, it’s time to decide on the ideal space. It’s also a great time to go back to your ‘just in case’ pile to see where they best fit.
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Look at all your items and determine what needs storage solutions. It might be a bunch of matches or it might be measuring cups. No matter, now is the time to determine how to store various items. Utilise any spare containers you might have to place small, fidgety items into so they don’t become lost. Stack dishes and tupperware from largest to smallest, and disregard any overused utensils. Not everything is a keeper, after all, and some items may be well past their use-by date.
Take a look around your kitchen and determine what unused storage solutions you already have before going out to purchase new ones. Remember you can also DIY your own storage solutions if you have the means and skills!
Having sustainable systems such as organized bins and pouches will help with any future organization.
Cleaning your drawers.
Before you place the items back in their drawers, it’s important to do a deep clean. While it may only be dust and crumbs, bacteria are still breeding. Cleaning them while they’re empty is simple and really helps to reset the space. You can even use some of your favourite essential oils or smells to keep your kitchen smelling fresher for longer. Once clean you can place all your items back in the drawers now organized.
There you have it! A simple and easy way to organise kitchen drawers to keep your home feeling stress free for longer. I for one struggle to feel good when my space is immediately cluttered. When things are too untidy or even dirty my mind feels out of control, and my stress levels soar. If you’re struggling mentally, try assessing your immediate surroundings. While for some it may be a stretch to say an organised and clean home is a mood booster, it’s not far from the truth for others! It’s not a magic fix, but a quick one!
If you have any other tips on how you organise kitchen drawers or any area of your home, we’d love to read them in the comments!