Welcome to the Drawer Organization Blog Hop! For the entire month of April, 10 bloggers will be sharing the process of cleaning and organizing drawers in our homes each week. To kick off the first week, we’re focusing on drawers in our kitchen and dining rooms! Even with the best intentions to keep drawers organized, we manage to make a mess of some of them. Putting a plan into action is what this project is all about for me. I’m sharing how to Organize Your Kitchen Drawers With Dollar Store Bins.
If you visit my home, you won’t see clutter out on counter tops, or coffee tables. My breakfast nook and dining room tables are always set with dishes and flatware and never become temporary homes to clutter. I even made a box for holding gas receipts that my husband saves to go on the counter because I didn’t want them to pile up in a nearby tray. What’s my secret to a clutter free living space? Ha! Closets and drawers! It’s not such a good secret to have though. Most of my drawers and some of our closets seem to be in a constant state of clutter. Out of sight out of mind works well for some things, but not so much for drawers.
When the chance to participate in this Blog Hop came along, I jumped right in. I’m using this as a chance to organize the drawers throughout our home, starting with the kitchen. Now that I’ve told you that my drawers are a mess, I’m ready to show you just what I mean. These four drawers are the worst in my kitchen.
My flatware drawer stays organized thanks to a basic flatware divider. I added the small white bin in the back to hold those extra pieces that aren’t a part of a full set. Don’t we all have those?
Another drawer that can get messy is the one right next to the sink. I’ve been using it to hold an assortment of utensils that I don’t use often along with kitchen dish cloths. It wasn’t terribly messy, but it did mean I had to remove the cloths if I wanted access to the utensils.
I took the cloths out of the drawer and switched them into a basket that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. It’s placed under the sink so that the cloths are still easy to reach.
I added another tray organizer to the drawer to hold the items in this drawer. Even though I don’t use these items very often, it’s good to have them so that they are easily seen when I do need them.
For those four drawers that I mentioned that are the worst, I started by emptying them all out. I knew that some of the items could be switched to other drawers, so I just loaded up the kitchen counter with everything that came out of the drawers.
The fist step was to purge. I separated it all out and decided if there were items that could be tossed. Of course, I found a lot of items that should never have been saved in the first place. After tossing those items, I was ready to sort.
I sorted everything out into piles that were similar items or items that would likely be used together. I also decided that some of the items didn’t belong in kitchen drawers. I moved them to a storage cabinet in the garage.
I purchased several sets of bins in various sizes to help get the drawers organized. All of these came from the Dollar Tree. There are certainly lots of drawer organization kits that you can buy, but I’m not going to spend a lot of money on the inside of my kitchen drawers. These work great. I also bought new drawer liner from the Dollar Tree.
Adding these inexpensive bins is an easy way to separate items and to actually see what I have in the drawer.
This is the before picture. What a mess! Birthday candles and shoelaces – sure those belong together in a drawer!
The “junk” drawer is a necessary thing in my kitchen. But, once I discarded useless items, it’s not filled with junk. After adding the liner and placing the bins in a position that works, everything now has a place and can be found easily. Buying bins in various sizes worked out well.
The drawer next to this one holds lots of small kitchen items that I use frequently. I gave it the same makeover as the first drawer -cleaned, lined and organized with bins.
The bins help to keep every thing sorted and easy to find. I can now see where everything is with a quick glance.
The two drawers on the other side of the oven hold trivets, oven mitts, and a few odds and ends that I like to keep close at hand. I reorganized them so that all of the trivets and mitts are in one drawer with the other items in the second drawer.
I had forgotten I had these two tea bag holders! They were hiding beneath other items in the back of the drawer.
I’ve been showing these off to anyone who will look! The key to keeping the drawers organized will be to make sure that any new items that go in will fit neatly into the bins. If they won’t and I really want them in the drawer, then something else will have to come out.
Using dollar store bins for drawer organization is a great budget friendly way to get those drawers organized and to keep them that way! I’m looking forward to seeing how the other bloggers met the challenge of organizing their drawers in this first round of organization.
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Organize Your Kitchen Drawers With Dollar Store Bins
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