15 Best Kitchen Drawer Organization Ideas to Try

Kitchen utensils organized in bamboo and wire drawer organizers in a kitchen drawer
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I love finding new ways to organize so that I can find exactly what I need, when I need it. The simplest method I’ve found to organize kitchen drawers for maximum efficiency boils down to this: Declutter. Create Stations. Arrange the Drawers. (Organizers help, as you’ll see in my examples below.)

Easy, yet there’s some thought required. I’ll elaborate on each step below — keep reading for ideas and inspiration!

Saving time in the kitchen (and in general) is a big deal for me. I have a teenage son who is very active in sports and school activities and I spend hours in the car every day. 

My kid is always hungry, too. So, I’m constantly whipping up snacks and meals for him to eat on the go, and I don’t have time to hunt for utensils in messy drawers. I’m sure you don’t, either. 

Here’s how I keep my kitchen drawers tidy so I can spend my precious time cooking, not looking!

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1. Declutter Your Kitchen Drawers

This is a crucial first step. Before we can organize, we have to declutter. It’s impossible to organize any space when there’s too much stuff to fit inside of it. I can’t stress this enough!

Here’s the best way I’ve found to declutter:

  • Take everything out of the drawer (or drawers, if you’re doing this all at once).
  • Sort and group like items together. Forks and knives, spatulas, measuring spoons, etc.
  • Place anything that’s broken or missing pieces in a pile to throw away.
  • Duplicates: do you really need three turkey basters? Or five slotted spoons? (Unless you’re a caterer, the answer is NO.) Pare down to what you actually use and donate the rest.

2. Create Kitchen Stations

You can save a lot of time in the kitchen by creating “stations” or areas where you keep specific items for specific purposes. I organize kitchen drawers (and my kitchen cabinets) to reduce the number of steps I have to take from one area of the kitchen to another.

To me, efficient stations are the key to a well-organized kitchen.

I like to line the drawers with grip liner like this (totally up to you):

Smart Design Classic Grip Shelf Liner - Non Adhesive, Strong Grip Bottom, Easy Clean Kitchen Drawer, Cabinet, Cupboard Dresser Protector Cover, Non Slip Rubber Mat - (18-inch X 5-feet,Taupe)

I feel it helps keep things from sliding around too much.

After the drawers are lined, take measurements of both the drawers and the items you plan to store. Knowing the dimensions of your drawers is essential for finding (or making) drawer organizers that maximize the space. 

3. My Favorite Kitchen Drawer Organizers

You’ll see examples of the best drawer organizers in the ideas below. Generally speaking, my favorite drawer organizers include:

  • Adjustable drawer organizers and adjustable dividers so you use all the space in your drawer
  • Bamboo organizers and bamboo drawer dividers — bamboo is easy to clean and very durable
  • Silverware organizer for your daily silverware drawer — it’s made to fit your cutlery

Keep reading for some helpful kitchen drawer station ideas!

4. Daily Silverware Drawer

A kitchen drawer with cutlery in drawer organizers
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The daily silverware station (forks, knives, spoons…whatever your family uses on a regular basis) should be placed near the plates and bowls and, ideally, the dishwasher for maximum efficiency.

I didn’t have an expandable tray when I organized my kitchen drawer, so I bought simple mesh drawer organizers to fit in the space beside it. 

I have multiple sizes of spoons and forks, which I pair in the same tray slot to save room. Larger serving pieces fit in the longer slots and organizers, and less-used items like the “fancy” butter knife and sugar spoon that we save for company go in the small slot above the spoons and forks. My steak knives are laid flat to help avoid dull blades. 

Serving pieces (the large forks, spoons, tongs you typically use when you have a dinner party) can go in their own station near the daily silverware, or in the same drawer if you have room.

For the daily silverware station, a divided cutlery tray is a must. I recommend an expandable version that adjusts to fit different-sized drawers, like this one:

Signature Living Bamboo Expandable Utensil Drawer Organizer, Premium Bamboo for Cutlery, Flatware, Silverware - Drawer Dividers for Easy Storage

5. Drawer for Cooking Utensils

Cooking utensils include spatulas, slotted spoons, ladles, etc. I keep mine on the counter next to the stove, but they can also be stored in a drawer nearby.

I recommend a drawer organizer or a set of drawer dividers to help you section the drawer and keep things neat. You can put spatulas in one section, spoons and ladles in another.

mDesign Plastic Adjustable/Expandable Divided Drawer Storage Organizer with 4 Compartments for Kitchen Pantry, Cupboard, Cabinet, Hold Silverware, Utensils, Cutlery - Ligne Collection - Clear

Psst: this type of organizer works great to organize a bathroom drawer, too!

6. Spice Drawer

If you’re lucky enough to have space for a spice drawer near your stove, I envy you! Depending on the width and depth of your drawer, there are a few options for keeping your spice bottles neat and organized. My favorite is this large, 4-tier bamboo spice rack.

(NOTE: your drawer must be at least four inches deep. This is not for a shallow drawer):

ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Spice Drawer Organizer for Kitchen - Bamboo Spice Rack Organizer for Drawer for Deep Drawers (17'x13.5')

Not all drawers are sized equally! Here’s a customizable option that you can cut to fit any space (and it works in shallow drawers):

YouCopia SpiceLiner Adjustable Spice Drawer Liner, 10ft Roll, Gray, Seasoning and Spices Bottle Organizer Insert

7. Kitchen Utensil Drawer

I keep all measuring cups, spoons, can opener, beaters for the mixer, etc. in one drawer of my kitchen island, since I do most of my baking prep on the island.

I store my mixer, cake and cupcake tins, and bread pans in the island cabinets as well. 

A kitchen utensil drawer with utensils in drawer organizers
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I don’t have a ton of kitchen drawers. My baking tools (measuring cups and spoons, beaters, etc.) share space with other kitchen tools like can openers, slicers, peelers, etc. 

I grouped like items together as best I could, and used a bamboo divider and mesh trays. (Watch how I organized my kitchen utensils drawer.) 

8. Lunch Prep Drawer

This is a “nice to have” if you’ve got extra drawer space: a lunch prep drawer! With people in my house rushing off to school and work in the morning, it has really saved time getting lunches put together. 

Kitchen drawer with items to make lunches
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All you need to duplicate this drawer is an expandable bamboo drawer organizer that fits your drawer dimensions and a SpaceAid Ziploc Bag Storage Organizer set. Then just fill it with your lunch essentials.

Check out my web story on how I set mine up!

9. Tupperware and Plastic Wrap Drawer

If you’re lucky enough to have deep kitchen drawers, they’re great for storing Tupperware. (I have to keep mine in the pantry, which is annoying.) Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich bags, parchment paper, etc. can all go in one station together.

For deep drawers, here’s a great storage idea for Tupperware containers and lids:

Update White Food Container Lid Organizer&Adjustable Metal Lid Holder Rack 6 Dividers Storage Container Lid organizer for Cabinets, Cupboards, Pantry, Drawers to Keep Kitchen Tidy(Patent Pending)

Deep drawers are also nice for storing pots, pans and lids. Check out some ideas in 16 Ways to Organize Pots and Pans in the Kitchen.

10. Coffee Kitchen Drawer Station

If you have extra drawers in the kitchen, celebrate! Consider using them to organize coffee and tea in a handy coffee pod organizer tray:

Polar Whale Coffee Pod Storage Organizer Tray Drawer Insert for Kitchen Home Office Waterproof Washable 12.6 X 17.9 Inches Holds 48 Compatible with Keurig K-Cup Made In The USA

11. Charging Cable Drawer

My kitchen “junk drawer” was the place we stashed all of our extra device cables, cords and chargers. It was a complete and utter mess.

My husband had the brilliant idea to use a cutlery tray to organize phone and iPad charging cables, portable chargers, and other electronic items. I’m really happy with finished project! What do you think? 

Organized cords and cables in a cutlery tray in a drawer
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12. Barbecue Tool Storage Drawer

Another idea: use a spare drawer for barbecue tools, stored in clear stackable containers.

mDesign Long Plastic Kitchen Pantry/Fridge Storage Organizer Box Containers with Hinge Lid for Shelves or Cabinets, Holds Food, Snacks, Seasoning, Condiments, Flatware, Utensils, Clear

13. Knife Drawer

Don’t want (or have) a knife block on the countertop? Store large knives right in a kitchen drawer with an in-drawer knife block or mat. This frees up precious storage space on the counter!

madesmart Classic Large Knife Mat Soft-Grip, Non-Slip Drawer, Long-Lasting Home Organization, BPA Free, White

14. Kitchen Towels & Placemats

Finally, you can use extra drawer space to store placemats and napkins, hot pads, oven mitts and trivets, clean dish towels and other kitchen fabrics. I recommend using a drawer near your stove or sink for easy access. 

15. Use a Desk Organizer to Tidy Your Junk Drawer

If you have a kitchen junk drawer with random odds and ends, you may need a desk drawer organizer or set of drawer trays instead of a kitchen organizer.

A desk organizer has smaller compartments for things like corn cob holders, toothpicks and sugar packets. 

Set of 22 Interlocking Desk Drawer Organizer Tray Dividers Plastic Shallow Narrow Drawers Organizers Separators and Storage Bins Container for Kitchen Bathroom Makeup Office Vanity Bedroom Dresser

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