Last month I wrote about Multi-purpose drawers. This month I want to talk about another drawer that can be an issue – the large utensils drawer. Large utensils can be so hard to organize. They’re big and bulky and oddly shaped and can be a complete mess in the drawer. They don’t fit very well into pre-set drawer organizers and even if they do fit in the organizer itself, sometimes the extra height added by the bottom of the organizer causes spoons and spatulas not to fit in the drawer. For these large utensil drawers I much prefer to use
Drawer dividers are similar to tension rods in that they start out long and you push the ends in to make them fit the drawer and the tension keeps them in place. You can completely customize your drawer by making the spaces in between the dividers as wide or as narrow as you want and need. And because the items are laying on the bottom, as long as they fit before, they’ll fit again but this time in a more organized space.
Junk drawers have a terrible reputation. They look junky. They’re disorganized. They’re a wasteland of lost items like rubber bands, matchbooks, pens, pencils, scissors, tape, safety pins, paper clips, batteries, twisty-ties, and much much more. But, they don’t have to be! It can be intimidating, but go to your junk drawer, pull everything out, purge, sort, categorize and when you put items back in
I am the first one to admit that, when organizing, product is not always needed. However, when it comes to junk drawers, I definitely believe it is. My favorite drawer organizer is the Practical Comfort Adjustable Drawer Organizer (pictured above) but you can use other small bins or organizers as well (pictured below). Just make sure what you use fits the drawer without giving too much “negative space” (areas outside the organizer or bin), gives enough options for all of your categories to fit separately and make sure you actually put things back WHERE THEY GO. A good drawer organizer can go to waste if it’s not used properly.
At the end of last year I started talking about the current trends I’m seeing in newer homes. One of them was deep cupbards and the other was deep drawers. This month I’m going to keep that theme with one more idea for deeper drawers. This is specifically for those drawers that aren’t deep enough for baking sheets and frying pans, but is deep enough that items could still get lost. What is it?
Label the top of your cans and store them in a deep drawer
I utilized this idea in a kitchen that had deep pantry cupboards where items frequently got lost in the mess. We used bins for the pantry items and moved the canned goods down to one of the lower drawers. This way, all that they have can be seen and nothing is getting lost in the back. AND they don’t have to dig around just to find the corn!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the most stressful! I figured I’d be extra generous this month and give you THREE tips in this month’s newsletter. You’re welcome!
Hopefully, if you’ve been a reader for a while now, you implemented these tips when I sent them out in years past, but in case you haven’t or if you’re new to the Eating an Elephant family, here are a few tips to help you get through the holiday season. I hope they help you enjoy this amazing time of year! Merry Christmas!
Along with the deep pantry shelves (October’s newsletter theme) another trend I see quite a bit in newer kitchens is a deep drawer (or 2, or 3…). If you have a similar drawer in your kitchen, here’s one way to utilize the space without sacrificing the depth of the drawer:
Use lid dividers for pans and baking sheets
This is the ideal solution for really deep drawers. It’s almost like they were made for them!No more stacking baking sheets and nesting pans – now they can be stored upright so you can access them easily.
If you have a deep drawer in your kitchen, this is one easy and creative way to utilize every square inch.