How to organise your kitchen drawers

1st January 2019

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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

  • Shereen 1st January 2019 at 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 .

  • EMMA WALTERS 1st January 2019 at 2:53 PM

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

  • Brooke Ritchie 1st January 2019 at 4:22 PM

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

  • Minta Boggs 1st January 2019 at 4:36 PM

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

  • Sally angel 2nd January 2019 at 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.

  • Jane Willis 2nd January 2019 at 1:27 PM

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

  • Margaret GALLAGHER 2nd January 2019 at 6:15 PM

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

  • Jo Allison 2nd January 2019 at 7:59 PM

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

  • Solange 2nd January 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Unfortunately, I have a few drawers of doom.

  • Mandy 3rd January 2019 at 9:36 AM

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

  • Andrea Upton 4th January 2019 at 2:32 PM

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

  • Jo Bryan 5th January 2019 at 4:20 PM

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

  • Jo Carroll 8th January 2019 at 10:40 AM

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

  • Claire Nutman 8th January 2019 at 10:54 AM

    We sure do ! Great comp, many thanks…

  • Chris Lumm 8th January 2019 at 10:56 AM

    need these for my new kitchen. great product

  • Ursula Hunt 8th January 2019 at 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

  • iain maciver 8th January 2019 at 11:18 AM

    certainly do plenty of them

  • Tracy Nixon 8th January 2019 at 11:25 AM

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

  • Heather Haigh 8th January 2019 at 11:26 AM

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

  • marycarol 8th January 2019 at 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

  • Danielle Spencer 8th January 2019 at 11:52 AM

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

  • Becky Yeomans 8th January 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Yes most drawers are cluttered!

  • Samantha McDonough 8th January 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Unfortunately, more than one.

  • Kathleen marsden 8th January 2019 at 12:53 PM

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

  • Emily Egan 8th January 2019 at 1:05 PM

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

  • Rich Tyler 8th January 2019 at 1:06 PM

    How about every room! lol

  • Sarah Cooper 8th January 2019 at 1:10 PM

    My kitchen drawer

  • Annabel Greaves 8th January 2019 at 1:36 PM

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

  • maria blythin 8th January 2019 at 1:46 PM

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

  • Heather T 8th January 2019 at 2:16 PM

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

  • Liane Amos Mrs 8th January 2019 at 2:22 PM

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

  • Kelly Knowles 8th January 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Oh yes, my children call it mums junk draw!

  • Sophie Foulds 8th January 2019 at 2:46 PM

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

  • Karen Barrett 8th January 2019 at 3:11 PM

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

  • Karen R 8th January 2019 at 4:14 PM

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

  • Nikki Stewart 8th January 2019 at 4:18 PM

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

  • Louise A 8th January 2019 at 5:01 PM

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

  • Denise Wilden 8th January 2019 at 5:30 PM

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

  • Laura Chapman 8th January 2019 at 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!’.

  • Amy Bondoc 8th January 2019 at 5:42 PM

    my daughter desk drawer it is so cluttered!

  • Thomas Buchanan 8th January 2019 at 6:42 PM

    my whole bureau is a complete mess!

  • Alice 8th January 2019 at 7:27 PM

    my resolution is to keep tidier, this would help!

  • Jackie Howell 8th January 2019 at 7:33 PM

    a few drawers!

  • Marc H 8th January 2019 at 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.

  • Andrea Fletcher 8th January 2019 at 7:59 PM

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

  • Carole Nott 8th January 2019 at 8:18 PM

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

  • Emma Nixon 8th January 2019 at 8:37 PM

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

  • ADEINNE TONNER 8th January 2019 at 9:06 PM

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

  • Theresa Wakeley 8th January 2019 at 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!

  • Helen Best 8th January 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Very Handy to keep utensils tidy and easy to find

  • Kevin000 8th January 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Yes, my man drawer!

  • Kate Phillips 8th January 2019 at 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.

  • Kevin Bloomfield 9th January 2019 at 10:33 AM

    We have a communal draw which DESPERATELY needs a declutter!

  • justine meyer 9th January 2019 at 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

  • Tracy Hanley 9th January 2019 at 2:24 PM

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

  • Laura Banks 9th January 2019 at 3:26 PM

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

  • Iona Cornish 9th January 2019 at 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….”

  • Jayne Townson 9th January 2019 at 8:50 PM

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

  • Geri Gregg 9th January 2019 at 9:36 PM

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

  • JULIE WARD 9th January 2019 at 10:27 PM

    All my drawers in the kitchen are really cluttered

  • Charlene Aldred 10th January 2019 at 11:25 AM

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

  • Rachel Butterworth 11th January 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Of course I do, doesn’t everyone?

  • Claire Carter 12th January 2019 at 8:39 AM

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

  • Louise Reeks 12th January 2019 at 9:59 AM

    All off my draws need decluttering and organising.

  • cheryl hadfield 12th January 2019 at 10:09 PM

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

  • jo liddement 13th January 2019 at 3:17 PM

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

  • Rebecca Nisbet 13th January 2019 at 7:16 PM

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

  • Laura Turner 14th January 2019 at 4:41 PM

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

  • Joanne Exley 14th January 2019 at 5:34 PM

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

  • Hannah Wilding 14th January 2019 at 6:39 PM

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

  • Gemma Clark 15th January 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Definitely! More than one in fact!

  • Amanda tanner 15th January 2019 at 5:04 PM

    The ones in my dressing table could do with decluttering

  • LORRAINE CRAWFORD 16th January 2019 at 8:20 PM

    My kitchen drawers definitely need decluttering!

  • Susan Willshee 16th January 2019 at 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.

  • stephen lossnitzer 17th January 2019 at 11:43 AM

    this looks great and would make things easier to clean

  • Michelle Smith 17th January 2019 at 12:29 PM

    My cutlery drawer needs a good tidy up

  • Georgina Prince 17th January 2019 at 1:33 PM

    haha i have a few of them in my kitchen x

  • chelsey hollings 17th January 2019 at 1:41 PM

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

  • Debbie Burfoot 17th January 2019 at 1:42 PM

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

  • Amanda Baggott 17th January 2019 at 3:14 PM

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

  • Jemima Bradshaw 17th January 2019 at 8:07 PM

    I have several drawers that need a sort haha.

  • Elaine Kidd 18th January 2019 at 11:04 AM

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

  • Karen George 18th January 2019 at 11:53 AM

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

  • Carolyn Corrin 19th January 2019 at 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

  • paula cheadle 19th January 2019 at 11:16 AM

    most of my drawers are cluttered

  • irene gilmour 20th January 2019 at 1:23 AM

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

  • Eileen Tingle 20th January 2019 at 10:56 AM

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

  • Joanna Nichol 20th January 2019 at 3:54 PM

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

  • Louise Fairweather 20th January 2019 at 6:10 PM

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

  • Michelle Sykes 20th January 2019 at 7:41 PM

    I have several drawers that need a de-clutter

  • Roisin M 20th January 2019 at 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 ?

  • Hayley Atkins 21st January 2019 at 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.

  • Lynn Neal 21st January 2019 at 12:47 PM

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

  • Caroline 21st January 2019 at 4:55 PM

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

  • Helen - From Mummy to Mum 21st January 2019 at 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!

  • Fiona jk42 21st January 2019 at 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.

  • Caroline 22nd January 2019 at 7:58 AM

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

  • Pam Francis Gregory 22nd January 2019 at 7:23 PM

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

  • Tiffeny Brown 23rd January 2019 at 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 🙂

  • Rachel White 23rd January 2019 at 12:00 PM

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

  • Laura Corrall 23rd January 2019 at 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.

  • Amber Rogers 23rd January 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Would love this for all my sons bits!

  • Allan Wilson 24th January 2019 at 7:29 AM

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

  • Katrina Adams 24th January 2019 at 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!)

  • Sheri Darby 24th January 2019 at 9:51 PM

    My utensil drawer is such a cluttered mess

  • Kelly Hirst 25th January 2019 at 7:18 AM

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

  • Sarah Morris 25th January 2019 at 7:54 AM

    All my drawers need decluttering everything just gets thrown in

  • Ian Yates 25th January 2019 at 2:47 PM

    ‘A’ drawer? I have several!

  • Samantha O'D 25th January 2019 at 9:16 PM

    We have a whole sideboard of doom!

  • Craig Boneham 25th January 2019 at 9:17 PM

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

  • sue cornish 25th January 2019 at 10:22 PM

    great product defo need these

  • Andrea Johnson 26th January 2019 at 1:31 AM

    All of them!

  • Kim Neville 26th January 2019 at 9:38 AM

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

  • Allan Fullarton 26th January 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Every room – spring clean required!

  • Caroline Hunter 26th January 2019 at 4:08 PM

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

  • Libby Noack 26th January 2019 at 4:59 PM

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

  • Alison 26th January 2019 at 5:01 PM

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

  • Jenny Rogers 26th January 2019 at 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!

  • Bex allum 26th January 2019 at 8:11 PM

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

  • Pauline Burroughs 26th January 2019 at 10:06 PM

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

  • Robyn Clarke 26th January 2019 at 11:29 PM

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

  • Lucy Carter 26th January 2019 at 11:30 PM

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

  • Lynne OConnor 26th January 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Doesn’t everyone? I have one in every room

  • Su Brett 27th January 2019 at 1:07 AM

    I have a draw of doom in virtually every room!

  • Sue Carter 27th January 2019 at 5:52 AM

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

  • sarah parker 27th January 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Yes – my odds and ends drawer 🙂

  • Reana Scott 27th January 2019 at 9:24 AM

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

  • Denise S 27th January 2019 at 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.

  • Carol Boffey 27th January 2019 at 10:04 AM

    great giveaway

  • Kevin Johnson 27th January 2019 at 11:01 AM

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

  • Sandra Fortune 27th January 2019 at 12:47 PM

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

  • Jeanette Leighton 27th January 2019 at 1:10 PM

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

  • Richard R 27th January 2019 at 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!)

  • Danielle Graves 27th January 2019 at 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!

  • Laura Williams 27th January 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Oh more goodness I have more than one!! ?

  • Natalie Crossan 27th January 2019 at 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

  • Lynn Woodcock 27th January 2019 at 5:53 PM

    all my drawers are in need of organising

  • Gillian McClelland 27th January 2019 at 6:26 PM

    I shamefully have two drawers in my kitchen full of clutter

  • laura stewart 27th January 2019 at 6:38 PM

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

  • Natalee Gosiewski 27th January 2019 at 7:35 PM

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

  • ellie spider 27th January 2019 at 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

  • Kerry H 27th January 2019 at 8:53 PM

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

  • Ruth Wollerton 27th January 2019 at 8:58 PM

    I have lots of drawers that need de-cluttering.

  • Diana 27th January 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Oh yes I do. A few to be honest

  • Elizabeth Smith 27th January 2019 at 9:39 PM

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

  • lucy fallon 27th January 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Yes please

  • AndiG 27th January 2019 at 11:25 PM

    oh yes one or two that need a good declutter

  • Susan Fraser 27th January 2019 at 11:33 PM

    I have quite a few ‘drawers of doom’

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