4 Steps on How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinet Drawers 


Not all kitchen items and tools are created equal. There are items that you use often or every day and those you rarely use or even remove from your kitchen cabinet drawers in the first place. Yet, most of us let our kitchen cabinet drawers become a mix of any and all items, regardless of how important they are or how often we need them.

1. Think about how you use your kitchen
Before jumping into the task of organizing kitchen cabinet drawers, start by recalling the functions of your kitchen. That way, you’ll know how to organize your drawers and cabinets. For this first step, think of how you used your kitchen over the last week to determine its functions.

Keep these functions in mind as you work toward organizing your kitchen cabinet drawers..

2. Declutter kitchen cabinet drawers
Once you’ve determined the many functions of your kitchen and what you do and use the most in your kitchen, the next step is to declutter. Decluttering means removing excess things from your kitchen cabinets and drawers that you don’t use, so there is room left for what you want to store and be able to access easily.

The main goal for a kitchen drawer should be for it to open and close smoothly, instead of the drawer getting caught on excess items crammed into it. You should be able to grab what you need from your drawers and kitchen cabinets and cupboards easily and quickly.

3. Sort things out
The next step in organizing messy kitchen cabinet drawers is to sort the items you haven’t weeded out. Although you’re keeping these items, it doesn’t mean they all need to stay in the kitchen. Sort your items into those you use every day, those you use often (about every couple of days or weeks), and those items that are rarely used.

The items used rarely or less often can be moved out of the kitchen altogether if you find there’s not enough room for everything in your drawers.

4. Strategically store items
Since your kitchens drawers have a limited amount of space, it must be used wisely. For this final step of drawer organization, you’ll need to place everything in drawers according to their “zones.” The main goal of this step is to place items where they would logically go or where it is easiest to find and grab when you need it. To do this, consider the different “zones” or areas of use in your kitchen.


Some examples of kitchen zones include:

Food preparation zone where you’ll likely want to keep things like knives and measuring ups in your drawer(s)
Cooking zone where you’ll need potholders and cooking utensils
Dishes and dish washing zone where dishcloths, kitchen towels, and utensils will likely go
Eating zone with napkins and/or tablecloths
Food storage zone where you’ll need items such as plastic bags, aluminum foil or plastic wrap


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