how to organize your kitchen drawer

I don’t know about you, but my utensil drawer in my kitchen was a mess.  M-E-S-S.  I almost wish I had a before photo to show you so you’d believe what a train wreck it was.  You probably don’t have a messy drawer anywhere in your house, but I do.  I have plenty of them.

kitchen drawer

After a little bit of begging from me, Viktor created some organization, and made me want to marry him all over again.

The best part?

organize your drawer

He used free stir sticks from the paint department of a home improvement store to create the dividers.


Organization is one of my favorite things in life, and I can’t believe how simple this project was.

organize your kitchen drawer

Here’s how it all went down:

Viktor pulled the drawer out and organized the utensils.  He made a pile of replicas, unused utensils, and random things that shouldn’t have been in the utensil drawer in the first place.  What we didn’t need he donated, and then he separated the rest into categories.   He created dividers 3 stir sticks high and nailed them into each other.  Then he nailed another piece of wood to brace the stir sticks on either side.

My favorite part is that there are three separate spaces to keep it all in check.

The first one is everyday utensils: spatulas, a can opener, wooden spoons, etc.  The second one is for measuring cups and spoons, and the third is for once-in-a-while utensils: a lime squeezer, tongs,  & canning tools.

All in all the project took about 30 minutes.

kitchen utensils

Have you done any re-organizing lately?  Something that makes you sleep better at night?

Maybe it’s just me.



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Hello there! I’m Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I’m super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we’re a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. robyn :

    my husband recently reorganized his sock drawer. you could’ve knocked me over with a feather duster. i thought he’d been replaced by an alien, until i noticed that he had decided to leave a pile of random and/or undesirable socks sitting on the floor (which is still there).

    • Allison :

      Ha! But don’t you love that sock drawer? It makes me happy every time I open the utensil drawer!

  2. Jessie :

    Great idea! I have plenty of drawers that could use this treatment around my house!

  3. Kelly :

    WOW I love this. My utensil drawer is a mess and creates stress for me daily….. daily!
    If only all the drawers in my house could be that organized. I told my husband the other day that we are one step away from a Hoarders episode when it comes to our junk drawers. What a great idea.

  4. katrina :

    I wish I would have seen this before I did my post the other day on organization.. I seriously don’t know how mom’s with full time jobs keep up!

  5. Michal :

    What we didn’t need he donated

    Yeah, I always donate things on Monday mornings, right before the garbage truck shows up.