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Organize Your Kitchen Drawers Like a Pro

Organize Your Kitchen Drawers Like a Pro

As Marie Kondo puts it, “Organizers give your utensils a home.” 

We couldn’t agree more.

We also believe that organizing your kitchen drawers offers you freedom.

Freedom from having to rummage through a junk drawer for five minutes looking for a spork, batteries, or a can opener — and not finding them.

Freedom from the noise of your frustrated search. Freedom from ever seeing your drawer in that state again. Sweet freedom.

Today, we’re going to discuss:

        • The shocking scientific discoveries on how bad a messy kitchen is for your mental health
        • A decluttering system that helps you decide what stays and what goes
        • The best organizers, specially designed for your gadgets, silverware, cookware, and tableware
tidy kitchen drawers open with tableware

Why Having Organized Kitchen Drawers is Important

Fact: Clutter is linked to a long list of mental health disorders.

And there’s tons of research out there to prove it. Let’s take a look at some mental health issues a cluttered environment may expose you to:

As you can see, maintaining an organized home is crucial for the safety, happiness, and well-being of you and your family.

I know what you’re thinking — kitchen drawers don’t count because once they’re closed, the clutter is out of sight.

Think again.

Merely rifling through that drawer for 30 seconds trying to find batteries or your favorite spatula exposes your mind to the same clutter that threatens your happiness.

Thirty seconds may not seem like a lot, but you’re probably doing this several times a day, every day of the year, for most of your life.

Prevention is better than cure.

Now that we know what’s at risk, let’s look at the expert-approved systems we can use to organize our kitchen drawers

messy kitchen drawer

1. Start With a Clean Slate by Decluttering

The first order of business is to empty all of your drawers and arrange their contents into three piles:

        • For keeps
        • For donation
        • For trash

Use your judgment to determine what goes where. For instance, if you own six spatulas but only use three, consider adding the extra three to the donation pile.

In contrast, if you have any broken utensils or electronics that you’ve been meaning to “get fixed” for more than a year now, it’s time to get real with yourself.

If you wanted to do it, it would be done by now. Acknowledge how these tools served you and get rid of them.

After you’ve assigned everything to their piles, spray the drawers with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.

To wrap it up, find a measuring tape and measure the width, height, and depth of your kitchen drawers.

This information will be crucial in finding the best organizers and dividers that’ll help you maximize your storage.

When shopping for organizers (learn the best ones for each kitchenware type below), be mindful of the dimensions you took.

Expert Tip: If you’re purchasing online, consider contacting customer service for assistance in selecting the best options based on your measurements.

stainless steel kitchen tools hanging

2. Arrange Your Kitchenware into Four Categories

Everything in your kitchen can be classified into four main categories:

        • Utensils and silverware
        • Cookware
        • Tableware
        • Kitchen gadgets

Before you start organizing your kitchenware into designated drawers, you’ll have to add a method to the madness.

Grouping each item into its appropriate category ensures you don’t have a hard time finding it and assigning it to the correct drawer.

This step is particularly essential if you have a wide variety of kitchen tools.

The table below provides examples of different kitchenware and the categories they would fall under:

Utensils & Silverware Cookware Tableware Kitchen Gadgets


Frying Pans & Skillets

Dinner Plates

Can Opener

Spatulas & Ladles


Salad & Dessert Plates

Vegetable Peeler

Whisks & Tongs


Soup & Cereal Bowls

Garlic Press


Baking Sheets

Bread & Butter Plates



Casserole Dishes

Serving Bowls

Kitchen Scales

gold silverware cutlery in drawer

3. Organizing Your Utensils, Silverware, and Gadgets

The best place to store your spoons, gadgets, ladles, and knives is in drawers that are as close to the dishwasher or sink as possible.

This location is convenient as it allows you to offload the dishwasher without having to make tedious trips around the kitchen.

After conducting extensive research, we found that the best organizer for storing utensils and silverware is an expandable utensil organizer.

These are large tray organizers with small compartments and sides that can be slid out to fit the dimensions of your drawers.

We love these little organization wonders because:

      • They can be lifted out of drawers, making table setting more convenient
      • The slide-out sides can fit irregularly shaped utensils and gadgets, such as whisks, can openers, and ladles
      • If your silverware collection expands, you won’t have to worry about finding space to store them

Tidy Tip: If you want to save counter space and maintain aesthetics, consider purchasing an in-drawer knife block.

4. Storing Pots, Pans, and Other Cookware

Instead of reaching into deep dark cabinets to find that huge frying pan or pot you use once in a while, it might be best to store it in a deep drawer.

First, line the bottom of the drawer with something soft and protective like foam wash.

This prevents the pots and pans from getting scratched or making a racket when opening the drawer.

Next, nest your pots and pans together, arranging them with the handles facing the right side of the drawer.

Pot lids are harder to store because their handles make them unstackable. Typically, they either have to be laid flat or leaned against other objects.

The problem is that this is not the safest storage method and takes up too much space.

The good news is a very smart person invented the perfect solution: an adjustable pot lid organizer. This gem includes adjustable dividers that keep your lids upright and separated.

Little or big, you’ll never have to worry about lids rolling away or breaking.

5. Managing Plates and Bowls

Although cabinets are the traditional home for plates and bowls, you’d be surprised at how convenient storing them in drawers can be.

A pegboard drawer organizer is a plastic or wooden frame with little holes arranged in neat rows. As the name suggests, they come with pegs that are inserted around objects to keep them secure.

Do not buy a pegboard unless you’re sure it’ll fit into your drawer. Use the measurements you took earlier to make an informed purchasing decision.

The great advantage of the pegboard organizer is you can arrange your plates and bowls any way you want.

For example, you can line the pegs up in rows and arrange your plates upright. Alternatively, you can stack your bowls into piles and secure them with the pegs.

Either way, they’ll be safe and sound and they won’t move around too much.

Closing the Clutter Free Drawer

The market is flooded with organizing products that promise to change your kitchen forever. Picking the right one can be overwhelming as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

While writing this article, we kept in mind the size, shape, and nature of every item that’s stored in drawers to identify the ideal solution for your needs.

Because that’s what we do. This is who we are.

At Microfiber Wholesale we always put the customer’s needs first. Since 1946, we have upheld this core value to establish and nurture strong, meaningful customer relationships.

To be completely honest, that’s the main reason we’re still in business after all this time. Writing these informative and detailed cleaning and organization guides is our way of thanking you.

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