Let’s Talk About Organizing Drawers

Susan Stewart  | May 7, 2021
organized kitchen drawer

Drawers can be wonderful or frustrating, depending on what you want to store in them. What you store and how you organize them will make all the difference, so let’s dive in.



Organizing Kitchen Drawers:

  • When organizing kitchen drawers, using dividers or a kitchen drawer organizer will make things easier to find. There are many options and styles to choose from. Dividers and drawer organizers help separate a large drawer into smaller sections. Using a kitchen drawer organizer with labels not only tells a person EXACTLY where to find something but also EXACTLY where to return it. No decision fatigue in a kitchen with organizers, dividers, and labels. Just read and use the labels.
  • One key to making good use of kitchen drawers is to store similar things together. A drawer can work effectively for spices, wooden spoons, spatulas—almost anything, depending on the size of the drawer. However, if you aren’t storing like things together, looking for something becomes a scavenger hunt, and that’s not fun. Pick a category and store only those kitchen items in that drawer. Resist throwing random gadgets in a drawer and expecting to find something. 
  • Choosing the right location can make all the difference. You’ll want to store things like wooden spoons, spatulas, and hot pads right by the stove. Openers work well by the bar or refrigerator. The more effort it takes to return something, the less likely you will be to put it back where it belongs.

Organizing Dresser Drawers:

  • Much like kitchen drawers, you will want to store similar things together in your dresser drawers. If you don’t, you might as well be digging through a laundry basket first thing in the morning. Choose a drawer for different categories such as undergarments, socks, and pajamas. 
  • Consider your personality when deciding how to fold things in a drawer. You may love how Marie Kondo folding looks, but if you don’t have the time or energy to maintain it, it won’t work for you. The benefits of the Marie Kondo fold are seeing everything at once and fitting more in your drawers. However, that method of folding and putting clothes away takes longer. I prefer to hang all of my shirts because it is faster than folding, and I can still see everything all at once.
  • Labeling your drawers with their contents takes the guesswork out of putting things away and finding them. You may not think it necessary now, but if the drawer ever gets completely emptied or if anyone else in the house is ever putting away your laundry, you will save yourself a headache. 

Organizing Junk Drawers:

  • Your junk drawer should be in a frequently used location, such as a kitchen or laundry room drawer or a drawer near the door in which you enter the home. If the junk drawer is not easily accessible, the potential for every drawer to become the junk drawer increases. 
  • Just because it is a junk drawer doesn’t mean it needs to look messy. Use a drawer organizer with small sections to store similar things like rubber bands, paper clips, tape, and tape measurers. The junk drawer is not a place to stash anything you don’t know what to do with or don’t feel like putting away. It is a place to store small items you need to find quickly. A drawer organizer is a critical tool for organizing the junk drawer.
  • Regular maintenance of the junk drawer is essential. Eventually, disorganization will happen. As Ferris Beuller said, “Life moves pretty fast,” and we don’t always take the time to put things where they should go. And once in a while, you throw something random in that junk drawer. That’s where the labels are helpful. Every couple of months, it’s a quick clean-out if you have the sections of your junk drawer divided and labeled. 
  • For more, watch this video on Organizing a Junk Drawer.



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