My friends, I’m back again this week, as promised, with my latest organization project in our home. Our organized kitchen drawers. I first shared my plans and quick fix for these drawers two weeks ago (click here to read it), and I’m very happy to report that after clearing out all our of accumulation and clutter – nine years of it – purging, donating, adding organizing containers where needed, I’m finally proud to show them off. The contents may not all be the most beautiful, cute or trendy. Some are years old, and still serve their purpose wonderfully. Some are downright ugly haha. Most important however, is that everything I kept was carefully curated and chosen out of necessity for what serves us. You’ll see further down in this post all of the things that were taking up useful space and serving absolutely no purpose. Well, I am over that! I am so happy that I’ve finally tackled these organizing projects – ones I’ve put off for far too long. They took a little bit of time and focus, some physical and mental energy, and hard work. Did you catch my organized linen closet last week? That one is a must read – click here, you want to read this! I can tell you, doing the work is all so worth it. It wasn’t even really as bad as I thought. I’d been putting things off, thinking it would be a daunting task, but in the end, not one bit. It feels so good to purge and clean out, and I am so excited to share our organized kitchen drawers with you today!
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ORGANIZED KITCHEN DRAWERS: THE ISLAND
I’ll be honest – these drawers weren’t so bad at all. I don’t have before shots to share with you, because they were in relatively good shape to start. I already keep these drawers neat and tidy, but what I did do, was clear out old flatware that we weren’t using, for my brass flatware set that I had sitting in a plant holder on my shelf. It was one of my blue and white jars, so it actually looked pretty, but I decided it was time to store them properly. I have another, faux horn set I keep in this drawer as well.
I had two stainless steel sets of cutlery in here, that I’ve owned for about 20 years. We rarely used them and this drawer was overflowing. No use for it? It’s gone – donated to families in need. I’m feeling better already.
We use my silver plated flatware that my aunt gave me years ago – this is our every day set and I love it. I already had the bamboo organizers in here, so I didn’t need to purchase anything to get these drawers cleaned up.Next up, the bowls and dishes. Again, these all get every day use, as does everything our island houses. I have several different sizes and patterns – I always love to mix and match.
From small ramekins, to large shallow pasta bowls, the bowls are sorted by size, function, and color.I do love my patterns! It makes me smile when I open this drawer and everything has it’s place. Even better, they’re beautiful to look at. This drawer used to be a mishmash, and again, I had bowls in here that I hadn’t touched in years. They were given away a long time ago, which is when I cleaned up the contents of this drawer. Keeping them organized by size also helps keep it orderly looking. I like order. It drives my family a little crazy, but that’s ok, they’re benefitting from it and they don’t even realize ;)
ORGANIZED KITCHEN DRAWERS: LEFT OF THE RANGE
ORGANIZED KITHEN DRAWERS: RIGHT OF THE RANGE
My bakeware drawer was starting to get a little overstuffed too – I purged some old pans that haven’t seen the inside of our oven in many years. Anything that was old, rusty and had no purpose, was cleared out, and I picked up a few new pieces to replace some of the old ones. Next on my list is some new, eight-inch round cake pans – these guys are looking like they’ve seen better days haha. They do get used often though! My kids love homemade two-layer cake.
Lastly, is our storage container drawer. Again, it’s not the prettiest, or color coordinated, but it houses all of the necessities that we use daily. I still store cold food in plastic containers from time to time, and also for the kids’ lunches, but I got rid of the bulk of our plastic a few years ago. I much prefer keeping leftovers in glass containers, and I love the snap-on lids. We also keep extra storage bags, foil wrap and plastic wrap in here. The upper right drawer on this side holds our wrap and bags that get used daily. These glass containers are the best for food storage – you can transfer hot food and let it cool in the them, which I love, rather than waiting for things to cool first, and having to wash pans later. Much easier for kitchen cleanup. They don’t stain like plastic and they’re better for everyone.It’s amazing what gets housed in these drawers and it is such a great feeling keeping only the necessities. Personally, I prefer having drawers in our kitchen over cabinets – they’re so much more functional, and you can store far more in them. Our next kitchen will have only drawers on the bottom, I love them that much!