Well organized kitchen drawers are a major way I keep myself sane. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking, and I actually love spending time in my newly remodeled kitchen — it’s just that my family insists on eating 3 times a day EVERY day, and sometimes that feels like an awful lot. LOL! Can you relate?! Today I have partnered with Kraftmaid to show you how I organize kitchen drawers to make my #momlife easier.
When we did our kitchen remodel a couple years ago, I tried to envision how I’d use all the of the cabinets so I could add some of the really cool built-in storage solutions that Kraftmaid offers. Of course it is hard to predict how things will really work in a new space, and now that we’ve been living with this kitchen for two years, I’ve identified some storage issues. One major problem is how I store my different baking ingredients. I had been keeping things like salt, sugar and oats in several places, sort of at random, and it had become frustrating to try to figure out where that box of cornstarch was hiding. The disorganization slowed my prep time, but also I ended up with a lot of duplicate packages, which is totally wasteful.
How to Organize Kitchen Drawers
I decided to reassign one of my lower cabinet drawers (that had become a mess of miscellaneous) as food-prep central. First, I pulled out onto a counter all the ingredients from the various drawers, shelves and bins where they were being stored. I needed to see everything I had all together so I could decide what would fit best, in which container. As I was reorganizing things, I was surprised at just how many duplicates there were. I seriously found FIVE different open boxes of cornstarch in my kitchen!
By putting everything in one drawer, I freed up additional storage space; plus it saves me time when I’m pulling together ingredients for a recipe — no more hunting around.
Before I had been storing most of my bulk ingredients in round glass jars. I liked the way they looked, but the round jars make poor use of storage space compared to more squared containers (that corner space gets wasted). I got this new Kraftmaid deep-drawer insert that perfectly holds 12 OXO canisters that have a more squared-off shape, which means no more wasted space.
I installed the new Kraftmaid drawer organizer myself, but I’m not even sure if “install” is an appropriate word since it was just SO easy. All I had to do was unpack the frame, which came already assembled, and it slid right into the drawer.
The hardest part was figuring out which items should move into the containers. As much as I wanted to keep all my baking essentials in this one place, I did end up opting to leave my giant flour container in our walk-in pantry. I went round and round on this decision, but I feel like we go through so much flour that the drawer-size containers wouldn’t be practical. I might eventually get a big, cute bin to store the flour on the counter right above this drawer, but I am still on the lookout for that perfect container. For now I don’t mind grabbing that one big bin out of the pantry. The storage drawer really did wonders for corralling all my flour alternatives as I’m cooking more and more gluten-free these days since I’ve discovered that I have a gluten intolerance.
This new food-prep zone is super convenient because, all my various kitchen tools (spatulas, whisks, etc.) are stored in the drawer just above this new ingredients drawer, and my measuring cups, spoons and bowls are just below. To the left is a cabinet with pull out trays where I keep my spices and smaller ingredients like baking soda, baking powder and salt that I was fine to keep in the containers I purchase them in.
Once I had decided on what to store where, I used my new Cricut Maker machine to cut out labels for the containers. It was really easy to do. Simply log in to the Cricut Design Space website and type in the labels you need. They have great fonts to choose from, and I used font “Antonio Regular” in 40-point size.
It makes me smile when I see the silver vinyl letters matching my drawer pulls. I’m learning more and more that joy is in relishing these little things!