Organizing Kitchen Drawers (& OXO Giveaway)

Organizing kitchen drawers can be just as much fun as organizing junk drawers, especially if you like puzzles. I’m partnering with OXO on this post to give you an idea of how to organize kitchen drawers and a chance to win an adjustable drawer organizer that I just love.

Organize kitchen drawer and clutter

My galley kitchen has limited drawer space. Nobody says they have too much drawer space, ever. But in my case, since I refuse to give up my junk drawer, my knives, forks and spoons have to share real estate with the other kitchen gadgets, like spatulas and ladles. When we moved in, the dividers from my old house never quite worked as well as I would liked. It was always a little bit of an annoyance that things had to lay on top of other things, especially on the left. There are a few little dividers on the left, but you can’t even see them in this picture, it’s so cluttered!

Organizing Kitchen Drawers- BEFORE

How to organize kitchen drawers-before

Look, this isn’t curing cancer or anything, we all know. But when my kids started emptying the dishwasher earlier this year, it became even more of an annoyance, because they didn’t know where things go, and I really LOVE having their help.

So to make things easier for everyone, I ditched the junky little dividers I’d been using, and put into place these lovely OXO Good Grips Adjustable Drawer Organizers that OXO sent me.


drawer dividers for kitchen from Oxo


It took me a few minutes to decide what the right configuration would be. Each of those little interior dividers pop out and can pop back in many different ways. There are 8 different ideas shown on the back, and I still  came up with something different. I dream of having a kitchen where every large utensil is laid out flat in it’s own space, but that just isn’t happening here.

I’m a professional organizer, not a magician, after all. I can optimize the space, but not create more of it, sadly. To that end, I purged a few things from the drawer.


donate items to declutter a kitchen drawer

Duplicates, things that I never use, and things I don’t even like. I can live without all of them. On a side note, do you know how hard it is to donate knives? Hard, but not impossible.

Organizing Kitchen Drawers- AFTER

So, here’s the drawer AFTER. The organizers are pushed all the way to the back, and space up front is for things I honestly use every day, or as much as possible. The apple slicer, pizza slicer, OXO pineapple slicer, and- who knows me well?- pie servers.

Organize kitchen drawers with Oxo adjustable trays

When my kids saw this the first time, they actually said, “Whoa!”

It’s hard to see, so I laid these up on the counter to show you what hides in the back compartments.


Organize kitchen drawers with adjustable dividers from Oxo

See that top right compartment with the garlic press and ice cream scoop? That’s how I’d love my entire drawer to be laid out, with a little wiggle room. The other middle back compartment has the rest of my baking gadgets that, sadly, I don’t use very often, but they are no longer fighting with my spatulas and ladles.

These small changes make a huge improvement to one little corner of my world.

If you are following along on the 31 Days of Clutter-Free Living, you know what your homework is. Tackle one of your kitchen drawers today using a 15 minute timer (or maybe 30 minutes). If you really need dividers to finish your project, first sort and purge, you’re in luck.

New Year's resolutions, organizing goals, 31 day organizing planOrganizing Kitchen Drawers Giveaway

I find OXO products to be priced a little higher but worth every penny. But lucky for you, you can keep your pennies, because I am giving away one OXO Good Grips Adjustable Drawer Organizer with a drawing that starts today.

I also have one more OXO Good Grips Adjustable Drawer Organizer that I’ll be giving away when I speak at the Philadelphia Home Show on Saturday, January 24 at 7 PM. If you’d like tickets, please email me with your physical address.
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Emi Agvado

    Hi there,

    I just recently started following your blog after I discovered your website during a search for professional organizing and NAPO. I love all your posts and how you describe things so clearly. I’ve been obsessed with organizing my whole life. It’s great to see that there are other people who feel the same way I do about things. Like you said we’re not curing cancer but being organized does make a huge impact on our daily life and how we feel so I think it’s super important. I live in LA and I’m planning to start my own organizing business here. Are there any insider tips that you think are crucial in the industry? I will keep checking in and try to learn new tricks from you and others in the industry to improve my skills. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Best, Emi

    1. Darla

      thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. If you are thinking about a career in organizing, definitely check out, and see about getting to conference this year. It’s in your neck of the woods!

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