How frustrating is it mid-cooking when you need a spatula… your hands are covered in food… and while searching through your kitchen drawers, you manage to smear your dirty hands all over numerous clean utensils… All this mess just to grab that one spatula right in the nick of time before your recipe begins to burn! Well, while this may seem like an extreme circumstance, I have found that having large empty drawers in my kitchen may have seemed fabulous at first for the amount of space I had to store items, but recently has been more of a pain in the neck because I find that I am constantly rummaging through the drawers (that have become over-filled and cluttered) to find what I need. I decided I myself needed a dose of the FH treatment, so I hiked on over to the Container Store to get some of the necessary drawer organizers so I could put this issue to rest.
Interested in doing the same? Make sure to follow these few steps at home before heading to the store/online:
1. Remove all items from your kitchen drawers. 2. Decide which items should be designated to each drawer. (One for knifes, one for serving utensils, one for baking utensils, etc) This will make life easier when you are searching for items in the future. 3. Get out your tape measurer and measure the length, width and height of each drawer (write it down!). *Height is something often over-looked, but if you get a container that is too high, your drawer won’t close, so don’t forget to take this measurement into account! 4. Take note of which drawers have long utensils and which have wide utensils and come up with a rendering of how you want each drawer to look… Ex. In my 9 inch wide drawer, I knew I could fit three 3-inch-wide containers across for skinny items, or for wider items, I could do one 6-inch-wide and one 3-inch-wide. Pizza cutters are wider than forks, so for drawers with wider utensils, you need to keep this in mind. Maybe get a little crazy and measure a few of your utensils to make sure they fit! 5. You are ready, time to shop!
Here is what I bought for each of my drawers:
Bakeware: 1. (left) Two Linus Shallow Drawer organizers 3″ x 12″ x 2″ h, 2. Right side empty for X-long kitchen utensils
Serving Utensils: 1. (left) Linus Shallow Drawer organizers 3″ sq x 2″ h (perfect for wine corks, olive picks, small cheese knives), 2. Linus Shallow Drawer organizers 6″ x 9″ x 2″ h (for wider serving spoons), 3. (Remainder of drawer to the right) Linus Shallow Drawer organizers 3″ x 9″ x 2″ h