How to organise your kitchen drawers

Kitchen drawers seem to be the catch-all for all those odds and ends that need to be stored away but you are not sure where to put them. As more and more things get stored in the drawers, it is harder and harder to find what you are looking for. Don’t let your kitchen drawers become a nightmare. Use these tips to organise your kitchen drawers.

Organise your kitchen drawers

Empty the Drawers

Start by taking everything out of the drawers. It is much easier to organise starting from a blank space. Once the space is empty, you can see what space you have and what things need to be organised.

Throw Things Away / Give Things Away

Start by looking what you have that you are storing in the drawers. Chances are, at least, some of these things can be thrown away. Maybe it is old batteries or a remote for a tv you no longer have. Some people find that they have three sets of measuring cups that they don’t need and these are stored into random drawers. Get rid of duplicate items. Also, how long have these things been sitting in the drawer? If the items have been in there for about a year or more, you most likely do not need it anymore.

Group Like Things

Once you know what you are keeping, it is time to group like things. It is easier to find things when you know that these drawers hold these types of things and this drawer is for easier than these things. By grouping like things, you might also find more things to get rid of, even after you have already gone through things and gotten rid of some.

Organise the Drawer

When you are ready to put things back into the drawers, it is best to use a drawer organiser like ADDIS Drawer storage. This organisation pack comes with three trays of different sizes. It has non-slip base and fee to make sure that nothing slides around in the drawers and ruin your organization work.

Now Put it Away

Once you have added the organisers and gotten the miscellaneous items pared down to what you are keeping and which things are going together, it is time to put the drawers back together. Use the drawer organisers to keep things neat in the drawer. Do not overfill the sections.  If you put too many things into each space, soon it will be hard to find anything and the drawer will be cluttered again.

Stay on Top of It

When putting new things away in the drawers or taking something out and putting it back, be sure to do it right each time. Don’t just throw it into the draw, out it where it belongs. This keeps the drawer from being a mess and you won’t have to spend time organising again.

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148 Comments

  1. Shereen
    1st January 2019 / 12:33 PM

    Great article Iam having a new kitchen in a few weeks drawers are main issue I’m determined to have organised clutter free drawers .

  2. EMMA WALTERS
    1st January 2019 / 2:53 PM

    all my drawers are so cluttered, i dont think i know whats in any of them!

  3. 1st January 2019 / 4:22 PM

    I do have a fair but of clutter, would love to have a tidy xx

  4. Minta Boggs
    1st January 2019 / 4:36 PM

    My kitchen utensil drawer and a drawer in the kitchen that we call the junk drawer.

  5. Sally angel
    2nd January 2019 / 11:00 AM

    I have one drawer in the living room and one in my bedroom that are definitely in need of decluttering, as they are used for storing the most random odds and ends.

  6. 2nd January 2019 / 1:27 PM

    Our Drawer of Doom is the study drawer, home of anything from handwarmers to spare rubber bands.

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER
    2nd January 2019 / 6:15 PM

    Our drawers our FULL of alerts – keep taking stuff such as tools back to the garage – but they keep reappearing

  8. Jo Allison
    2nd January 2019 / 7:59 PM

    My drawers need tidying up, lol I have two that are full of bits and bobs

  9. Solange
    2nd January 2019 / 9:02 PM

    Unfortunately, I have a few drawers of doom.

  10. Mandy
    3rd January 2019 / 9:36 AM

    Move house once in a while ..30+ years of usefully stuff here lol

  11. Andrea Upton
    4th January 2019 / 2:32 PM

    Yes, a couple of my kitchen drawers could really do with a good sort out and tidy up

  12. Jo Bryan
    5th January 2019 / 4:20 PM

    I do indeed, in fact I have 2 drawers of doom and call them something I cannot add here.

  13. Jo Carroll
    8th January 2019 / 10:40 AM

    I have more than one draw of doom…and they are in several rooms in the house 😉

  14. Claire Nutman
    8th January 2019 / 10:54 AM

    We sure do ! Great comp, many thanks…

  15. Chris Lumm
    8th January 2019 / 10:56 AM

    need these for my new kitchen. great product

  16. Ursula Hunt
    8th January 2019 / 11:06 AM

    I definitely do have a drawer that needs sorting out, the one that holds large spoons, ladles etc is a disaster to find the right thing

  17. iain maciver
    8th January 2019 / 11:18 AM

    certainly do plenty of them

  18. Tracy Nixon
    8th January 2019 / 11:25 AM

    Yes, in our kitchen – it has everythng iin it that needs to be ‘out of sight, out of mind’!

  19. Heather Haigh
    8th January 2019 / 11:26 AM

    My utensils drawer could do with being a lot better organised.

  20. marycarol
    8th January 2019 / 11:43 AM

    Yep a few drawers in my kitchen just seem to have junk in them but I’m sure there’s something useful in there x

  21. Danielle Spencer
    8th January 2019 / 11:52 AM

    The cutlery drawer could do with an organise and I wouldn’t say no to organising the living room drawers either!

  22. Becky Yeomans
    8th January 2019 / 11:56 AM

    Yes most drawers are cluttered!

  23. Samantha McDonough
    8th January 2019 / 11:57 AM

    Unfortunately, more than one.

  24. Kathleen marsden
    8th January 2019 / 12:53 PM

    Yes full of things like drawing pins, elastic bands, plastic cutlery, napkins, plastic bags etc

  25. 8th January 2019 / 1:05 PM

    My dressing table drawer 😭 yesterday I actually put a lipstick on my eye

  26. Rich Tyler
    8th January 2019 / 1:06 PM

    How about every room! lol

  27. Sarah Cooper
    8th January 2019 / 1:10 PM

    My kitchen drawer

  28. Annabel Greaves
    8th January 2019 / 1:36 PM

    I have a draw that I can hardly open at all because of all the clutter

  29. maria blythin
    8th January 2019 / 1:46 PM

    i do x and i think everyone has that dreaded drawer full of junk lol

  30. Heather T
    8th January 2019 / 2:16 PM

    Whatever home we have lived in, we always seem to have a junk drawer in the kitchen. It drives me mad!

  31. Liane Amos Mrs
    8th January 2019 / 2:22 PM

    I’m trying to get my whole house organised, these would be great

  32. Kelly Knowles
    8th January 2019 / 2:30 PM

    Oh yes, my children call it mums junk draw!

  33. Sophie Foulds
    8th January 2019 / 2:46 PM

    Yes! It’s the draw underneath the microwave. Has things in from cocktail sticks to my kids bubbles!!

  34. Karen Barrett
    8th January 2019 / 3:11 PM

    It’s a large basket in the pantry, Lord only knows what’s in it!

  35. Karen R
    8th January 2019 / 4:14 PM

    Our cutlery drawer – it is has a bright orange cutlery holder in it that’s so ugly!

  36. Nikki Stewart
    8th January 2019 / 4:18 PM

    We have more than one which are in desperate need of organising!

  37. Louise A
    8th January 2019 / 5:01 PM

    YES! I have a drawer full of kitchen bits and bobs

  38. Denise Wilden
    8th January 2019 / 5:30 PM

    Yes lots of drawers full of rubbish my new years resolution is to de-clutter

  39. 8th January 2019 / 5:39 PM

    Yes! I have a chest of draws that is full of little bits and bobs – it definitely needs a good clear out but there’s so much in it where you’re like ‘oh, but I might need this one day!’.

  40. Amy Bondoc
    8th January 2019 / 5:42 PM

    my daughter desk drawer it is so cluttered!

  41. Thomas Buchanan
    8th January 2019 / 6:42 PM

    my whole bureau is a complete mess!

  42. Alice
    8th January 2019 / 7:27 PM

    my resolution is to keep tidier, this would help!

  43. Jackie Howell
    8th January 2019 / 7:33 PM

    a few drawers!

  44. Marc H
    8th January 2019 / 7:42 PM

    I have a couple of draws in my bedroom that i haven’t sorted out for years. Maybe one day i’ll get round to sorting them out. Maybe.

  45. Andrea Fletcher
    8th January 2019 / 7:59 PM

    I have a drawer in my kitchen that these would be ideal for.

  46. Carole Nott
    8th January 2019 / 8:18 PM

    These would be perfect for my kitchen drawers – definitely in need of a tidy up

  47. Emma Nixon
    8th January 2019 / 8:37 PM

    Perfect for the drawer in the hallway cabinet. It has everything in it! Messy but full of useful bits & bobs.

  48. ADEINNE TONNER
    8th January 2019 / 9:06 PM

    If i’m being honest then yes i do have a kitchen drawer just full of everything!

  49. Theresa Wakeley
    8th January 2019 / 9:52 PM

    I am quite good at keeping things organisedso there is currently no drawer of doom but we’re moving to our new home in March and would really love this to prevent drawers of doom of course! Love this!

  50. Helen Best
    8th January 2019 / 10:05 PM

    Very Handy to keep utensils tidy and easy to find

  51. Kevin000
    8th January 2019 / 10:13 PM

    Yes, my man drawer!

  52. Kate Phillips
    8th January 2019 / 11:50 PM

    Several areas. I have one kitchen drawer in particular which contains all kinds of small bits and pieces which have no other home and which could do with some order and restraint.

  53. Kevin Bloomfield
    9th January 2019 / 10:33 AM

    We have a communal draw which DESPERATELY needs a declutter!

  54. justine meyer
    9th January 2019 / 12:38 PM

    I have a drawer in the bedroom that is in desperate need of a declutter as all random items go in it

  55. Tracy Hanley
    9th January 2019 / 2:24 PM

    I have just sorted out my draws , had a right declutter spree

  56. Laura Banks
    9th January 2019 / 3:26 PM

    i have 2 one in the liuving room and one in the kutchen

  57. Iona Cornish
    9th January 2019 / 5:53 PM

    Yes and I confess that I only use the things in the front quarter of it regularly. Definitely need to declutter but “it might come in useful….”

  58. Jayne Townson
    9th January 2019 / 8:50 PM

    Yes I’ve got many drawers of doom around my home so this prize would be really handy, thanks.

  59. Geri Gregg
    9th January 2019 / 9:36 PM

    I have a kitchen cupboard that is definitely in desperate need of some TLC

  60. JULIE WARD
    9th January 2019 / 10:27 PM

    All my drawers in the kitchen are really cluttered

  61. Charlene Aldred
    10th January 2019 / 11:25 AM

    I have four draws of doom in my kitchen! All packed full of clutter that needs sorting.

  62. Rachel Butterworth
    11th January 2019 / 2:26 PM

    Of course I do, doesn’t everyone?

  63. Claire Carter
    12th January 2019 / 8:39 AM

    We’ve just had a new kitchen, so at the moment there is no ‘drawer of doom’!

  64. Louise Reeks
    12th January 2019 / 9:59 AM

    All off my draws need decluttering and organising.

  65. cheryl hadfield
    12th January 2019 / 10:09 PM

    oh yes I have one drawer that is always full of bits and bobs and can never find anything

  66. jo liddement
    13th January 2019 / 3:17 PM

    My kitchen drawers need a good sort out which i intend to do very soon.

  67. Rebecca Nisbet
    13th January 2019 / 7:16 PM

    yeah we call it the c**p draw, its where things get dumped that do not really have a home.

  68. Laura Turner
    14th January 2019 / 4:41 PM

    My utensil drawer is avocado green and chipped round the sides. Defo need an upgrade!

  69. Joanne Exley
    14th January 2019 / 5:34 PM

    I have drawer in every room that needs a good declutter.

  70. Hannah Wilding
    14th January 2019 / 6:39 PM

    All of our drawers could do it this! They are all so cluttered

  71. Gemma Clark
    15th January 2019 / 12:58 PM

    Definitely! More than one in fact!

  72. Amanda tanner
    15th January 2019 / 5:04 PM

    The ones in my dressing table could do with decluttering

  73. LORRAINE CRAWFORD
    16th January 2019 / 8:20 PM

    My kitchen drawers definitely need decluttering!

  74. Susan Willshee
    16th January 2019 / 9:09 PM

    I have a set of doom drawers in my kitchen. I originally tried so hard to keep them clutter free but I’m so often asked for odd things like pins, hairbands, tape measures, etc that they tend to all live in my kitchen drawers so they are easily accessible.

  75. stephen lossnitzer
    17th January 2019 / 11:43 AM

    this looks great and would make things easier to clean

  76. Michelle Smith
    17th January 2019 / 12:29 PM

    My cutlery drawer needs a good tidy up

  77. Georgina Prince
    17th January 2019 / 1:33 PM

    haha i have a few of them in my kitchen x

  78. chelsey hollings
    17th January 2019 / 1:41 PM

    We certainly do, We can never seem to get it tidy.

  79. Debbie Burfoot
    17th January 2019 / 1:42 PM

    think i have a drawer of doom in every room in the house. kitchen is the worst though

  80. Amanda Baggott
    17th January 2019 / 3:14 PM

    I do! It’s a bits and bobs drawer in the kitchen!

  81. Jemima Bradshaw
    17th January 2019 / 8:07 PM

    I have several drawers that need a sort haha.

  82. Elaine Kidd
    18th January 2019 / 11:04 AM

    I have a drawer in my bedroom that everything is in but I don’t know where.

  83. Karen George
    18th January 2019 / 11:53 AM

    This would be really handy for my sons room. He has 3 drawers that are totally unorganised.

  84. Carolyn Corrin
    19th January 2019 / 2:58 AM

    I have a couple of “hide” drawers, really need organising, only go into them when I can’t find something as a last resort

  85. paula cheadle
    19th January 2019 / 11:16 AM

    most of my drawers are cluttered

  86. irene gilmour
    20th January 2019 / 1:23 AM

    we have 2 drawers that are a mess what a great idea

  87. Eileen Tingle
    20th January 2019 / 10:56 AM

    My bottom drawer in the kitchen could do with a bit of organisation

  88. Joanna Nichol
    20th January 2019 / 3:54 PM

    I have a drawer of doom and I try and avoid it if I can!

  89. 20th January 2019 / 6:10 PM

    One or two! I am doing Marie Kondo at the moment so lots of organising going on

  90. Michelle Sykes
    20th January 2019 / 7:41 PM

    I have several drawers that need a de-clutter

  91. Roisin M
    20th January 2019 / 11:43 PM

    This would be perfect to help organise my kitchen draws and make everything more accessible- I’m an accumulator OH is untidy it’s a bad combination for domestic bliss 😆

  92. Hayley Atkins
    21st January 2019 / 1:46 AM

    All the drawers in my house are full of ,well.. stuff and lots of it. Reading your article has given me the boost to start to declutter.

  93. Lynn Neal
    21st January 2019 / 12:47 PM

    We seem to have one in each room but I am trying to sort trough them all!

  94. Caroline
    21st January 2019 / 4:55 PM

    My new kitchen is almost finished so these would come in very handy!

  95. 21st January 2019 / 10:41 PM

    Our middle draw is complete mayhem. It has utensils in all sorts of places and can never find anything! These would be great!

  96. Fiona jk42
    21st January 2019 / 10:53 PM

    most of my kitchen drawers are quite organised, except for one drawer which seems to collect all sorts of things that don’t have a proper home. no matter how often I tidy it up and put things back where they belong, next time I look it is a mess again.

  97. Caroline
    22nd January 2019 / 7:58 AM

    I’ve a couple of drawers that could do with a good tidy – these are a fab idea!!

  98. Pam Francis Gregory
    22nd January 2019 / 7:23 PM

    We have a draw of odd kitchen utensils that could do with these storage boxes.

  99. Tiffeny Brown
    23rd January 2019 / 9:26 AM

    All my drawers are drawers of doom lol but there’s a particularly bad one in the kitchen that would really benefit from these boxes 🙂

  100. Rachel White
    23rd January 2019 / 12:00 PM

    Yes indeed I have lots of drawers that could do with tipping into the bin never mind a declutter!

  101. Laura Corrall
    23rd January 2019 / 8:01 PM

    Oh yes, we have what is known as the ‘man draw’ where it’s full of my husbands tat, leads, batteries, tape, some tools, all odds and ends.

  102. Amber Rogers
    23rd January 2019 / 9:38 PM

    Would love this for all my sons bits!

  103. Allan Wilson
    24th January 2019 / 7:29 AM

    Yes and I’m not at fault. The other half calls it “The Magic Drawer”

  104. Katrina Adams
    24th January 2019 / 9:27 AM

    Yes! We have a drawer in the kitchen that no matter how many times I declutter and try and organise, my husband just dumps everything and anything in. I would love to have it all sorted and organised with trays and storage so he couldn’t do that (or at least it would make it more difficult!)

  105. Sheri Darby
    24th January 2019 / 9:51 PM

    My utensil drawer is such a cluttered mess

  106. Kelly Hirst
    25th January 2019 / 7:18 AM

    My utensils rarely used drawer could really do with a sort out

  107. Sarah Morris
    25th January 2019 / 7:54 AM

    All my drawers need decluttering everything just gets thrown in

  108. Ian Yates
    25th January 2019 / 2:47 PM

    ‘A’ drawer? I have several!

  109. Samantha O'D
    25th January 2019 / 9:16 PM

    We have a whole sideboard of doom!

  110. Craig Boneham
    25th January 2019 / 9:17 PM

    My girlfriend is always morning we don’t have enough storage drawers so this would come in handy!

  111. sue cornish
    25th January 2019 / 10:22 PM

    great product defo need these

  112. Andrea Johnson
    26th January 2019 / 1:31 AM

    All of them!

  113. Kim Neville
    26th January 2019 / 9:38 AM

    We have a drawer in our kitchen that my OH keeps dumping little bits and pieces and various fixings

  114. Allan Fullarton
    26th January 2019 / 11:11 AM

    Every room – spring clean required!

  115. Caroline Hunter
    26th January 2019 / 4:08 PM

    The drawer in my desk has become sooooo cluttered, it’s in desperate need of some sorting out!!!

  116. Libby Noack
    26th January 2019 / 4:59 PM

    Yes a few drawers – I would love to have a good spring clean 🙂

  117. 26th January 2019 / 5:01 PM

    I have a drawer that is full of old screws and nails that needs sorting out

  118. Jenny Rogers
    26th January 2019 / 6:11 PM

    I have three of them, one in the kitchen, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. I would love to have a good sort-out!

  119. Bex allum
    26th January 2019 / 8:11 PM

    Yes, my utensil drawer needs some TLC. It is all jammed in one drawer.

  120. Pauline Burroughs
    26th January 2019 / 10:06 PM

    Definitely have drawers of doom in this house. A good sort out is needed

  121. 26th January 2019 / 11:29 PM

    Yes, its got all sorts in, I’m quite ashamed of it.

  122. Lucy Carter
    26th January 2019 / 11:30 PM

    Yes, in the kitchen and its really difficult to find anything in there

  123. Lynne OConnor
    26th January 2019 / 11:42 PM

    Doesn’t everyone? I have one in every room

  124. Su Brett
    27th January 2019 / 1:07 AM

    I have a draw of doom in virtually every room!

  125. Sue Carter
    27th January 2019 / 5:52 AM

    The dreaded man drawer – full of junk and you can never find what you need.

  126. sarah parker
    27th January 2019 / 8:32 AM

    Yes – my odds and ends drawer 🙂

  127. Reana Scott
    27th January 2019 / 9:24 AM

    my cutlery drawer, the drawers are small so can’t seem to find a cutlery divider that fits! grrrr

  128. Denise S
    27th January 2019 / 9:49 AM

    when we got a new kitchen we cleared loads of things out but things are sliding around and jumbling up. these seem like a good way to stop this happening.

  129. Carol Boffey
    27th January 2019 / 10:04 AM

    great giveaway

  130. Kevin Johnson
    27th January 2019 / 11:01 AM

    Our kitchen has several drawers which could do with being organised and decluttered. This would certainly help with that.

  131. Sandra Fortune
    27th January 2019 / 12:47 PM

    Yes and not just in the kitchen my hubby throws things in drawers then you can never find anything

  132. Jeanette Leighton
    27th January 2019 / 1:10 PM

    Definitely my kitchen draw it’s a right mess needs decluttering

  133. Richard R
    27th January 2019 / 1:35 PM

    After moving to a new home last year the kitchen drawers do need to get more organised as I can never find the kitchen tool I want (usually the bottle opener!)

  134. Danielle Graves
    27th January 2019 / 2:00 PM

    We seem to have a junk drawer/cupboard/box in nearly every room in my house! I keep threatening to get a skip and just declutter the whole house!

  135. Laura Williams
    27th January 2019 / 3:15 PM

    Oh more goodness I have more than one!! 😂

  136. Natalie Crossan
    27th January 2019 / 4:40 PM

    My utensils drawer looks like something exploded inside! So so messy and I have no idea what’s actually in there x

  137. Lynn Woodcock
    27th January 2019 / 5:53 PM

    all my drawers are in need of organising

  138. Gillian McClelland
    27th January 2019 / 6:26 PM

    I shamefully have two drawers in my kitchen full of clutter

  139. laura stewart
    27th January 2019 / 6:38 PM

    my draw of doom is in my bedroom a draw full of wires

  140. Natalee Gosiewski
    27th January 2019 / 7:35 PM

    oh yes one in the kitchen 3 in living/dining rooms and one in my bedroom

  141. ellie spider
    27th January 2019 / 8:01 PM

    I have several drawers that need a declutter – in the kitchen there is a drawer which sticks cos its full of random bits like rolling pins, utensils, cookie cutters etc plus one in the bedroom full of hair bobbles, random bits I dont have anywhere t store etc

  142. Kerry H
    27th January 2019 / 8:53 PM

    I have four cluttered drawers of stationary, bulbs and batteries so this would give me the motivation to tidy them!

  143. Ruth Wollerton
    27th January 2019 / 8:58 PM

    I have lots of drawers that need de-cluttering.

  144. Diana
    27th January 2019 / 9:19 PM

    Oh yes I do. A few to be honest

  145. Elizabeth Smith
    27th January 2019 / 9:39 PM

    Yep, I have a Drawer of Doom full of all those things which I might need one day

  146. lucy fallon
    27th January 2019 / 9:49 PM

    Yes please

  147. AndiG
    27th January 2019 / 11:25 PM

    oh yes one or two that need a good declutter

  148. Susan Fraser
    27th January 2019 / 11:33 PM

    I have quite a few ‘drawers of doom’

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