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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

  • Reply Shereen

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

    1st January 2019 at 12:33 PM
  • Reply EMMA WALTERS

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

    1st January 2019 at 2:53 PM
  • Reply Brooke Ritchie

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

    1st January 2019 at 4:22 PM
  • Reply Minta Boggs

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

    1st January 2019 at 4:36 PM
  • Reply Sally angel

    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.

    2nd January 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Reply Jane Willis

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

    2nd January 2019 at 1:27 PM
  • Reply Margaret GALLAGHER

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

    2nd January 2019 at 6:15 PM
  • Reply Jo Allison

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

    2nd January 2019 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Solange

    Unfortunately, I have a few drawers of doom.

    2nd January 2019 at 9:02 PM
  • Reply Mandy

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

    3rd January 2019 at 9:36 AM
  • Reply Andrea Upton

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

    4th January 2019 at 2:32 PM
  • Reply Jo Bryan

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

    5th January 2019 at 4:20 PM
  • Reply Jo Carroll

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

    8th January 2019 at 10:40 AM
  • Reply Claire Nutman

    We sure do ! Great comp, many thanks…

    8th January 2019 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply Chris Lumm

    need these for my new kitchen. great product

    8th January 2019 at 10:56 AM
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    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

    8th January 2019 at 11:06 AM
  • Reply iain maciver

    certainly do plenty of them

    8th January 2019 at 11:18 AM
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

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

    8th January 2019 at 11:25 AM
  • Reply Heather Haigh

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

    8th January 2019 at 11:26 AM
  • Reply marycarol

    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

    8th January 2019 at 11:43 AM
  • Reply Danielle Spencer

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

    8th January 2019 at 11:52 AM
  • Reply Becky Yeomans

    Yes most drawers are cluttered!

    8th January 2019 at 11:56 AM
  • Reply Samantha McDonough

    Unfortunately, more than one.

    8th January 2019 at 11:57 AM
  • Reply Kathleen marsden

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

    8th January 2019 at 12:53 PM
  • Reply Emily Egan

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

    8th January 2019 at 1:05 PM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    How about every room! lol

    8th January 2019 at 1:06 PM
  • Reply Sarah Cooper

    My kitchen drawer

    8th January 2019 at 1:10 PM
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

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

    8th January 2019 at 1:36 PM
  • Reply maria blythin

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

    8th January 2019 at 1:46 PM
  • Reply Heather T

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

    8th January 2019 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply Liane Amos Mrs

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

    8th January 2019 at 2:22 PM
  • Reply Kelly Knowles

    Oh yes, my children call it mums junk draw!

    8th January 2019 at 2:30 PM
  • Reply Sophie Foulds

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

    8th January 2019 at 2:46 PM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

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

    8th January 2019 at 3:11 PM
  • Reply Karen R

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

    8th January 2019 at 4:14 PM
  • Reply Nikki Stewart

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

    8th January 2019 at 4:18 PM
  • Reply Louise A

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

    8th January 2019 at 5:01 PM
  • Reply Denise Wilden

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

    8th January 2019 at 5:30 PM
  • Reply Laura Chapman

    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!’.

    8th January 2019 at 5:39 PM
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    my daughter desk drawer it is so cluttered!

    8th January 2019 at 5:42 PM
  • Reply Thomas Buchanan

    my whole bureau is a complete mess!

    8th January 2019 at 6:42 PM
  • Reply Alice

    my resolution is to keep tidier, this would help!

    8th January 2019 at 7:27 PM
  • Reply Jackie Howell

    a few drawers!

    8th January 2019 at 7:33 PM
  • Reply Marc H

    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.

    8th January 2019 at 7:42 PM
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

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

    8th January 2019 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Carole Nott

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

    8th January 2019 at 8:18 PM
  • Reply Emma Nixon

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

    8th January 2019 at 8:37 PM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

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

    8th January 2019 at 9:06 PM
  • Reply Theresa Wakeley

    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!

    8th January 2019 at 9:52 PM
  • Reply Helen Best

    Very Handy to keep utensils tidy and easy to find

    8th January 2019 at 10:05 PM
  • Reply Kevin000

    Yes, my man drawer!

    8th January 2019 at 10:13 PM
  • Reply Kate Phillips

    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.

    8th January 2019 at 11:50 PM
  • Reply Kevin Bloomfield

    We have a communal draw which DESPERATELY needs a declutter!

    9th January 2019 at 10:33 AM
  • Reply justine meyer

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

    9th January 2019 at 12:38 PM
  • Reply Tracy Hanley

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

    9th January 2019 at 2:24 PM
  • Reply Laura Banks

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

    9th January 2019 at 3:26 PM
  • Reply Iona Cornish

    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….”

    9th January 2019 at 5:53 PM
  • Reply Jayne Townson

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

    9th January 2019 at 8:50 PM
  • Reply Geri Gregg

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

    9th January 2019 at 9:36 PM
  • Reply JULIE WARD

    All my drawers in the kitchen are really cluttered

    9th January 2019 at 10:27 PM
  • Reply Charlene Aldred

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

    10th January 2019 at 11:25 AM
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    Of course I do, doesn’t everyone?

    11th January 2019 at 2:26 PM
  • Reply Claire Carter

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

    12th January 2019 at 8:39 AM
  • Reply Louise Reeks

    All off my draws need decluttering and organising.

    12th January 2019 at 9:59 AM
  • Reply cheryl hadfield

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

    12th January 2019 at 10:09 PM
  • Reply jo liddement

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

    13th January 2019 at 3:17 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

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

    13th January 2019 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Laura Turner

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

    14th January 2019 at 4:41 PM
  • Reply Joanne Exley

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

    14th January 2019 at 5:34 PM
  • Reply Hannah Wilding

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

    14th January 2019 at 6:39 PM
  • Reply Gemma Clark

    Definitely! More than one in fact!

    15th January 2019 at 12:58 PM
  • Reply Amanda tanner

    The ones in my dressing table could do with decluttering

    15th January 2019 at 5:04 PM
  • Reply LORRAINE CRAWFORD

    My kitchen drawers definitely need decluttering!

    16th January 2019 at 8:20 PM
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    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.

    16th January 2019 at 9:09 PM
  • Reply stephen lossnitzer

    this looks great and would make things easier to clean

    17th January 2019 at 11:43 AM
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    My cutlery drawer needs a good tidy up

    17th January 2019 at 12:29 PM
  • Reply Georgina Prince

    haha i have a few of them in my kitchen x

    17th January 2019 at 1:33 PM
  • Reply chelsey hollings

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

    17th January 2019 at 1:41 PM
  • Reply Debbie Burfoot

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

    17th January 2019 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Amanda Baggott

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

    17th January 2019 at 3:14 PM
  • Reply Jemima Bradshaw

    I have several drawers that need a sort haha.

    17th January 2019 at 8:07 PM
  • Reply Elaine Kidd

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

    18th January 2019 at 11:04 AM
  • Reply Karen George

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

    18th January 2019 at 11:53 AM
  • Reply Carolyn Corrin

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

    19th January 2019 at 2:58 AM
  • Reply paula cheadle

    most of my drawers are cluttered

    19th January 2019 at 11:16 AM
  • Reply irene gilmour

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

    20th January 2019 at 1:23 AM
  • Reply Eileen Tingle

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

    20th January 2019 at 10:56 AM
  • Reply Joanna Nichol

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

    20th January 2019 at 3:54 PM
  • Reply Louise Fairweather

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

    20th January 2019 at 6:10 PM
  • Reply Michelle Sykes

    I have several drawers that need a de-clutter

    20th January 2019 at 7:41 PM
  • Reply Roisin M

    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 ?

    20th January 2019 at 11:43 PM
  • Reply Hayley Atkins

    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.

    21st January 2019 at 1:46 AM
  • Reply Lynn Neal

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

    21st January 2019 at 12:47 PM
  • Reply Caroline

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

    21st January 2019 at 4:55 PM
  • Reply Helen - From Mummy to Mum

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

    21st January 2019 at 10:41 PM
  • Reply Fiona jk42

    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.

    21st January 2019 at 10:53 PM
  • Reply Caroline

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

    22nd January 2019 at 7:58 AM
  • Reply Pam Francis Gregory

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

    22nd January 2019 at 7:23 PM
  • Reply Tiffeny Brown

    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 🙂

    23rd January 2019 at 9:26 AM
  • Reply Rachel White

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

    23rd January 2019 at 12:00 PM
  • Reply Laura Corrall

    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.

    23rd January 2019 at 8:01 PM
  • Reply Amber Rogers

    Would love this for all my sons bits!

    23rd January 2019 at 9:38 PM
  • Reply Allan Wilson

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

    24th January 2019 at 7:29 AM
  • Reply Katrina Adams

    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!)

    24th January 2019 at 9:27 AM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    My utensil drawer is such a cluttered mess

    24th January 2019 at 9:51 PM
  • Reply Kelly Hirst

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

    25th January 2019 at 7:18 AM
  • Reply Sarah Morris

    All my drawers need decluttering everything just gets thrown in

    25th January 2019 at 7:54 AM
  • Reply Ian Yates

    ‘A’ drawer? I have several!

    25th January 2019 at 2:47 PM
  • Reply Samantha O'D

    We have a whole sideboard of doom!

    25th January 2019 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply Craig Boneham

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

    25th January 2019 at 9:17 PM
  • Reply sue cornish

    great product defo need these

    25th January 2019 at 10:22 PM
  • Reply Andrea Johnson

    All of them!

    26th January 2019 at 1:31 AM
  • Reply Kim Neville

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

    26th January 2019 at 9:38 AM
  • Reply Allan Fullarton

    Every room – spring clean required!

    26th January 2019 at 11:11 AM
  • Reply Caroline Hunter

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

    26th January 2019 at 4:08 PM
  • Reply Libby Noack

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

    26th January 2019 at 4:59 PM
  • Reply Alison

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

    26th January 2019 at 5:01 PM
  • Reply Jenny Rogers

    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!

    26th January 2019 at 6:11 PM
  • Reply Bex allum

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

    26th January 2019 at 8:11 PM
  • Reply Pauline Burroughs

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

    26th January 2019 at 10:06 PM
  • Reply Robyn Clarke

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

    26th January 2019 at 11:29 PM
  • Reply Lucy Carter

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

    26th January 2019 at 11:30 PM
  • Reply Lynne OConnor

    Doesn’t everyone? I have one in every room

    26th January 2019 at 11:42 PM
  • Reply Su Brett

    I have a draw of doom in virtually every room!

    27th January 2019 at 1:07 AM
  • Reply Sue Carter

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

    27th January 2019 at 5:52 AM
  • Reply sarah parker

    Yes – my odds and ends drawer 🙂

    27th January 2019 at 8:32 AM
  • Reply Reana Scott

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

    27th January 2019 at 9:24 AM
  • Reply Denise S

    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.

    27th January 2019 at 9:49 AM
  • Reply Carol Boffey

    great giveaway

    27th January 2019 at 10:04 AM
  • Reply Kevin Johnson

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

    27th January 2019 at 11:01 AM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

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

    27th January 2019 at 12:47 PM
  • Reply Jeanette Leighton

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

    27th January 2019 at 1:10 PM
  • Reply Richard R

    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!)

    27th January 2019 at 1:35 PM
  • Reply Danielle Graves

    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!

    27th January 2019 at 2:00 PM
  • Reply Laura Williams

    Oh more goodness I have more than one!! ?

    27th January 2019 at 3:15 PM
  • Reply Natalie Crossan

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

    27th January 2019 at 4:40 PM
  • Reply Lynn Woodcock

    all my drawers are in need of organising

    27th January 2019 at 5:53 PM
  • Reply Gillian McClelland

    I shamefully have two drawers in my kitchen full of clutter

    27th January 2019 at 6:26 PM
  • Reply laura stewart

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

    27th January 2019 at 6:38 PM
  • Reply Natalee Gosiewski

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

    27th January 2019 at 7:35 PM
  • Reply ellie spider

    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

    27th January 2019 at 8:01 PM
  • Reply Kerry H

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

    27th January 2019 at 8:53 PM
  • Reply Ruth Wollerton

    I have lots of drawers that need de-cluttering.

    27th January 2019 at 8:58 PM
  • Reply Diana

    Oh yes I do. A few to be honest

    27th January 2019 at 9:19 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth Smith

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

    27th January 2019 at 9:39 PM
  • Reply lucy fallon

    Yes please

    27th January 2019 at 9:49 PM
  • Reply AndiG

    oh yes one or two that need a good declutter

    27th January 2019 at 11:25 PM
  • Reply Susan Fraser

    I have quite a few ‘drawers of doom’

    27th January 2019 at 11:33 PM
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