Today I’m back 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 and I’m very happy to report that after clearing out all of our 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 things. Some are years old and still serve their purpose wonderfully. Some are beautiful too. Most importantly, everything I kept was carefully curated and chosen out of necessity for what serves us.
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ORGANIZED KITCHEN DRAWERS: THE ISLAND
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 lots of hard work.
Did you catch my organized linen closet last week? That one is a must-read. I can tell you, doing the work is all so worth it. It wasn’t even really as bad as I thought it would be.
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!
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’ll be honest – these drawers weren’t so bad at all. I don’t have before shots of these drawers to share with you, because they were in relatively good shape to start. They really needed a good purging though – I cleared out old flatware that we weren’t using.
My brass flatware set that I had sitting in a plant holder on my shelf is now housed in here. 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….I’m feeling better already. We use my silver plated flatware that my aunt gave me many years ago – this is our everyday set and I love it.
Keep your flatware under control and from sliding all over the place.
I already had the bamboo organizers here, so I didn’t need to purchase anything to get these drawers cleaned up.
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Next up, the bowls and dishes. Again, these all get everyday 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 its 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.
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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!
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Lastly, our everyday dishes are all held in this bottom drawer, and I love to mix and match all of these as well.
Unfortunately they’re not available anymore, along with most of our dishes and bowls. I’ve linked similar styles below for you, that are all just as beautiful.
ORGANIZED KITCHEN DRAWERS: LEFT OF THE RANGE
So, this is where the real clutter was happening, as you saw in my recent post, about my organizing plans. The top drawers specifically were a disaster.
I cleaned them out, and couldn’t believe what was lurking in there! Out with the old, and keep only what’s needed. My new mantra.
Although they’re not the worst drawers ever, they were mostly filled with things we just didn’t need…creating a mess and visual clutter for nothing. You should know by now, I like things neat and tidy.
Too much clutter and I suddenly can’t breathe haha. Now, it’s like a breath of fresh air, and I’m loving our organized kitchen drawers.
My quick fix : these inexpensive, clear plastic bins. These saved the day, my friends. Even if you like to keep a lot of stuff, these will be your new best friend, trust me.
These two top drawers got purged in a major way – there was just too much happening that really didn’t need to be. Again, I kept only what we needed and what we mostly use.
A FEW THINGS WE KEEP IN THESE DRAWERS
- Cookie cutters
- Handheld mixer
- Meat thermometers
- Lighters, matches
- Cheese grater
- Bottle openers and stoppers
- Serving utensils
Aren’t those little piggy spatulas cute? They belong to my daughter, and I use them all the time! The things that were hiding in here was a little crazy – scroll back up and look if you missed it.
Keep your drawers under control, neat and tidy with these inexpensive organizers.
The content of this one drawer was a whole lot of clutter. It’s truly amazing what adds up after years of not paying attention.
No longer the case in this kitchen! Like I said, not everything is beautiful, but it sure is well contained, and that’s beautiful to me. I even donated a few old frying pans that were not getting any use. I had no use for five frying pans!
I kept two that we use regularly, as well as my pots. Although we are way overdue for a new set, these function well, but some copper beauties are on my wish list.
Finally, my linens are housed in the bottom drawer.
I had a tone of extras in here that haven’t been used in a long time, so out they came, and in the donation pile, they’ve gone.
ORGANIZED KITCHEN DRAWERS: RIGHT OF THE RANGE
Remember the before shot of this one? It was cluttered and junky looking, and I cleared out knives that got no use whatsoever and that were years old.
That’s all I did. My handy plastic containers saved the day once again – can you believe the difference?
Our 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.
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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.
Lastly, is our kitchen 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 these cglass containers, 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 plastic bags that get used daily.
These glass containers are the best for food storage – you can transfer hot food and let it cool in them, which I love, rather than waiting for things to cool first, and having to wash pans later.
Personally, I prefer having lower drawers in our kitchen over kitchen cabinets – they’re so much more functional, and you can store far more in them.
A FEW UPDATES WITH HUGE IMPACT
OUR UPDATED KITCHEN REVEAL
We installed new custom uppers, some lower drawers, new hardware and so much more!
These organization projects have brought huge benefits to our home and our daily lives. You can read my post about daily organization if you want tips and tricks for keeping life organized every day!
Thank you for reading with me today, I hope my organized kitchen drawers help you feel like getting on top of your projects of decluttering and organizing. If you’re putting it off like I was, just remember – all you have to do is one drawer at a time. Trust me when I tell you, when everything is clean, tidy and organized, life is a lot easier. xo