I’m dying to know if I inspired any of you to clear your kitchen counter tops and restyle them…. anyone? Have you been able to keep your sinks clear? Have you delegated certain tasks to family members to help keep them clutter free? I would love to hear about any fun ways you organize with what you wish to keep on top of your counter tops. Please share, we all want to know, and this is a great way to encourage one another.
So, this week’s goal has proven to be a large task. Cleaning out and organizing kitchen cabinets and drawers even in a kitchen my size, is intimidating to say the least. Remember… I spoke of certain projects taking longer than a week to complete, this is one of them. Today, I am going to share with you how I decluttered and organized 3 main drawers in our kitchen. This will hopefully inspire you while not scaring you away 😉 .
When I think about the uses of kitchen drawers, there are obviously several that I believe the majority of us share in similarity.
- Oven mits and hot pads/trivets
- Kitchen towels
- Bigger utensils
- A space for your Aluminum foil, Saran Wrap, etc.
- Measuring cups and other miscellanious items
- JUNK DRAWER
I am going to focus on 3 because of their side by side spot in our kitchen. I am big on organizing, and am sharing what works best for me. One way to keep things neat and in their place is by installing customized drawer inserts.
Now, the primary goal in organizing our drawers and cabinets, is not to make them magazine ready. The pictures I am going to share with you are real and from my kitchen. I am certain you will not be impressed by the way they “look” inside. The overall reason in doing this is to provide functionality and easy access to what you need. Knowing right where to find something when you need it is just another stress reliever. I believe having custom drawer inserts helps everyone in the family, even those who aren’t and don’t care to be as organized. It kind of forces them, in a tiny way, to comply.
Drawer #1: Aluminum foil, saran wrap, wax paper, etc.
Now, I know this picture doesn’t look that bad, but having an insert just keeps everything in it’s place without sliding around.
It just dawned on me I ran out of ziploc bags and haven’t remember to purchase more this week. Well, they would be in this picture too. Who doesn’t love Tervis cups, but the accessories.. ugh!
The wonderful thing about custom drawer inserts, is just that.. they’re custom!! You decide how many compartments you desire based on what you have in your drawer. They fit nice and snug and everything is in it’s place 🙂 .
Drawer #2: Silverware
I could not take a before picture, because I do not still have the original silverware tray that used to fill this drawer (part way). This is by far, my favorite drawer insert. Remember, I custom designed these to my specific wants for this drawer.
Drawer #3: JUNK DRAWER
For some added fun, I have included a small “I Spy” challenge.
I spy 6 phone cases, a battery, a die,
two 2 dollar bills, and 2 calculators, it’s no small challenge organizing this pig sty.
Ok, back to the task at hand, now that I have revealed just how gadget dependent our family is..
Yes, I purged a few items and found proper homes for others. I have to admit, customizing a junk drawer insert was hard. If I were to do it again, I would add more compartments.
I am happy to share with you, Precision Plastic Parts, in Gibson City, IL. They specialize in Lexan products; such as motorcycle windshields, machine guards, and race car spoilers, just to name a few. Lucky for us, they also offer custom drawer inserts!! I invite you to visit their website, www.precisionlexan.com to research the durability of Lexan. Measuring your drawers can be a little tricky to allow for enough height and width. You can always contact them and they will walk you through how to correctly measure.
The possibilities are endless with these custom drawer inserts. A blog for another day will highlight how they helped me organize our bathroom, but I have heard of people using them in their sock and underwear drawers, genius!!
One last fun thing I will leave you with this week is an idea my mom shared with me a few years back. This is just a decorative way to house your dish soap and a way to control the amount of soap that is dispensed. She purchased the jars from Old Time Pottery and the stoppers from Walmart, but I think cleaning out an old olive oil jar would serve the same purpose 🙂 .
Next week I will share a DIY project. See ya soon!
Author: Martha Knake
Chief Editor: Emily Schunke