Kitchen Utensil Storage & Organization Ideas: Hall Of Fame
I've gathered together quite a few kitchen utensil storage and organization ideas below that you might want to use in your home.
Many of us start out with a cluttered utensil drawer. You know the kind, where you open it and something has been laid in there funny and it won't open all the way, because it gets stuck. (That's when I tend to break something, trying to jerk the darn drawer open.)
Or the kind where you have to dig around looking for that specific cooking implement while the food on the stove begins to burn.
So, I've found some great tools you can use as well as shared before and after pictures from readers who've tackled this organizational challenge and made some great progress.
Remember, the first thing to do is to declutter, so you're only organizing and storing what you need and will use, not just stuff you've not used for years, and won't in the future either. If you need more help with this step, check out my article about how to declutter kitchen utensils and gadgets here.
A reader, Judy, shared these pictures of how she organized her drawer, and she did it by making her own drawer dividers.
She explained: "I recently made dividers for some of my utensil drawers. I know it looks strange having the handles toward the back of the drawer, but it is easier to choose the right utensil when you are not just looking at handles."
If you feel like a confident do it yourselfer (is that a word?) this can be a great option for you, instead of buying them premade.
Judy explains: "And they were a lot cheaper!! You'd be surprised how little it cost. I think the pieces of wood were something like $1.50 for 2 1/2 " x 20+" at Lowe's.
Just figured how I wanted the drawers laid out, hubby cut the pieces the size I wanted, and I glued them in with wood glue.
Probably did 4 drawers for what one divider would cost at IKEA--if we had one here."
In addition, another reader, Dawn asked Judy a question on the Facebook page about drawer liners. Dawn asked: "Ok when putting in the dividers, which is a fabulous idea, did you use any sort of liner for easy wiping out when it comes time to tidy up the drawers? Just wondering. I need to add some drawer liners to both kitchen drawers and bedroom dresser drawers."
Judy responded: "I didn't use any liners in the 2 drawers shown, but I did in the knife drawer and the silverware drawer. I'm sure a vacuum attachment would work great to get the crumbs/whatever accumulates out, then just wipe."
You Can Purchase Drawer Dividers Here
If you don't want to make your own dividers like Judy did, you can easily buy them and install for a similar look.
Kelly shared this picture of how she's dealt with the fact that she doesn't have a lot of extra storage space for gadgets, but that her husband is rather addicted to buying them.
She says: "My husband loves kitchen gadgets and tools but my drawers were to disorganized so this is what I did."
This is such a great idea, and wonderful for those who have neither drawer nor counter space.
I can't tell for sure but it looks like she used Command Hooks (see item to the right), or a similar product, to stick the hooks onto her cabinet door.
Things To Note If Considering This Option:
I like this idea a lot, but when I shared it with readers they pointed out some things to consider before doing it, which I thought were valid things to be considered so I'm adding this information here.
Consider The Noise This Might Make When Opening & Closing The Door:
First, these items will swing around when you open and close the cabinet door. This may be no big deal for you, or for others it might drive you nuts. For example, Terri said: "Terri says: I did this and took it down after a week or so. The banging and clanging drove me nuts."
Although another reader, Andrea, suggested a way to fix this. She explained:
I saw the idea of hanging kitchen utensils on the inside of the cabinet door with a warning that the noise may drive you nuts. I loved the idea, but after hanging only two of the spoons I could tell the noise would be too much. Therefore, I decided to put additional hooks on each side of the inside of the door and attach a rubber band between the hooks to go across the spoons and hold them against the door. It worked great!! No more swinging and banging!
You Need Recessed Shelves For This Storage Solution:
In addition, if you look in the picture Kelly has slightly recessed shelves. That means that the shelves don't quite touch the cabinet door. If your shelves touch your cabinet door and these utensils are hanging there the cabinet door will not close all the way. Make sure to check this out before choosing this option.
Use A Similar Idea For Measuring Cups & Spoons
A couple of readers also shared, when they saw this picture, that they did something similar with their measuring cups and spoons.
This is brilliant, and if positioned correctly you can even do this if you don't have recessed shelves.
For example, Kathy says: I have done this with my measuring cups and spoons. Hanging them in order makes it easy to grab the right size.
Leah says: I did this awhile ago with my measure spoons and cups. I'm sure I'll use it for other stuff in the future too. It's a brilliant option for clearing up drawer space and not spending countless minutes searching for items.
It had originally also held the spices, but she separated out the drawers so there was more room for each type of item.
She said: "Now that the cooking utensils had a drawer to themselves I had the perfect spot for my potholders etc.
I made a utensil organizer by cutting the sides off cereal boxes & taping them together."
Basically, she made her own dividers so things didn't slide around in the drawer, which is a great way to keep things from getting disorganized.
***Update: Rachel, a reader, commented about this DIY approach. She said, "I really like the cereal box idea. I would consider taking it one step further and covering (or maybe even decoupaging) the cardboard with cheerful scrapbook paper." ***End Update
If you don't want to make your own here are some nice ones that work really well in drawers:
She says of the first before picture: "Here’s the before – crazy! Can you find our meat thermometer? I can’t!."
Then, she explained what she did for the first drawer, which was: "I went to Dollarama and bought a bunch of bins for the drawers to help organize things.
Plus, we have most of the extra utensils on the counter in 3 separate canisters (an idea I got off of Pinterest – one each for baking, serving and cooking). Doing that freed up so much space in our drawers! And with only having 4 drawers, space was at a premium!"
Organizing and storage solutions don't have to be expensive.
In fact, one of the best places to check first for little containers is a dollar type store. They often have great stuff for low cost!
She explained, "I am constantly getting new kitchen gadgets. I love gadgets! But sometimes a good purge of the utensil drawer is necessary."
Angela actually has two drawers devoted to her gadgets, plus a on the counter canister (not pictured here, but you can check out her blog post, link above for pictures of this).
She said, "I went through and got rid of a bunch of junk. Anything broken, stained, or starting to melt went in the garbage. The rest of the stuff I got rid of went to Goodwill. It made a huge difference just cleaning out those drawers!"
She said of the after picture, "I need a few more cubbies/baskets for this drawer."
I would agree Tina, although this is fine the way it is also. However, more dividers of some sort will keep things from shifting around too much and help you find things easier when you're in the midst of cooking.
Are You Inspired To Get Organized Now?
I hope these ideas from real people have inspired you to get your kitchen utensils organized and decluttered today.
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