If this isn’t a “quarantine project” I don’t know what is! In my recent Day in the Life Moving post I mentioned that I planned out where I put everything in my kitchen just ahead of moving in. Today I thought I’d circle back and do a more in depth post about kitchen drawer organization now that I have finally really organized everything once and for all.
It feels great to have this finally done. As I mentioned, I have learned from moving multiple times that the best way to cope is to quickly get everything generally in place then go back and tweak and organize it as your time permits. Having a little extra time these last few months, I went through and organized our kitchen drawers once and for all.
I started organizing with our spice drawer, and I’ll do a more in depth post on this soon but it was the snowball that started this project since this drawer had been driving me nuts. I had previously organized my spices into smaller jars because we had very small drawers in our last home, but all the little jars were scattered around this huge drawer and were hard to read. In this house I only have a few large drawers here so I wanted make the most of each one of them.
To begin this project, I first gave each drawer a good cleaning for a fresh start. I then added the Duck Brand® Fabric Top Easy Liner® to the bottom of each drawer. While the outside of our cabinets are white, the interior is yellow-ish wood and I was thrilled to find this product that coordinated perfectly with our kitchen. The white background with the gray stripe has just the clean look I love and is ideal for closets and drawers.
This cushiony shelf liner not only looks great but it also keeps things in place. I have been doing so much more cooking recently so I wanted to make everything as functional as it can be. Now all my cooking utensils are right in the drawers for easy access and nothing slides around. The fabric-topped liner rests in the drawer so it’s easy to lift out and clean and then put back in place (it is even machine washable!). It was simple to cut down to size with scissors or a sharp knife too so lining each drawer was fast and easy, and they just look so much better!
Our spice drawer next to the stove makes so much more sense now, thanks to some new bottles and a little organization. Compared to other homes I have lived in, this kitchen doesn’t have as much cabinet and drawer space so being smart about using what we have is key.
The next drawer I worked on was our silverware drawer. It is closest to our breakfast room. Just last month I finally upgraded to a new silverware set, it is so nice to have matching forks again and a consistent number of everything at that!
The drawer on the other side of the range contains most of our cooking utensils. We added this in-drawer knife block and I have to say it is really nice to not have our knives out taking up space on the counter anymore. It is also useful to not have everything slide around in here thanks to the Fabric Top Easy Liner®
The final drawer is directly below our silverware drawer, it holds all our wraps and bags etc. Even though I am not currently packing school lunches, when I am it is easy to reach in here and grab a lunch bag and sandwich bags etc. during the school year. This is a pretty deep drawer, the wrap rack (found at HomeGoods) is useful in taking advantage of the vertical space.
I also wanted to share this product, the Clear Classic® Easy Liner® which lines the wires racks commonly found in closets and pantries. It flattens the ridges and keeps items from falling over or through! My next project is organizing all my wire shelving with it, I can’t wait to try it out.
You can see more about how I organized my spice drawer here.
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