Sunday, July 28, 2019

Simple DIY Hack to Help Organize Your Kitchen Drawers

DIY Hack for Organizing Kitchen Drawers
Yesterday was the day I tackled the massive kitchen drawer disaster.

It was Instagram's fault. An amazing organized drawer systems stole my attention and that was all it took. However, the Instagram post featured a stunning brand new kitchen with professional pre-installed drawer sorters.

So that got me thinking …. How can I DIY this with things I already own?

DIY organizational hacks are one of my fave things to do. For me, sorting and organizing is relaxing. Yah, I know, to some of you, that's crazy talk. It's the end result that drives me. I'll work my tail off to get to that finished look!

A Flower Vase to Hold the Important Cooking Utensils

First I had to lessen the amount of utensils in the drawers. So I put all the most useful cooking items in a vase, and placed it beside the stove. Very handy indeed. If you hate counter clutter, put it inside a cupboard or pantry.

Use a Flower Vase to Hold Cooking Utensils

Line the Drawers with a Piece of Carpet

No, not shag or thick carpeting. We used a piece of industrial hard twist with shallow grooves. They're actually extra rugs we have on hand. The most important part of this DIY hack is to ensure the carpet has a rubber non-slip backing.

Just measure the drawer and cut the carpet to fit. With a non-slip backing, even if it's not a tight fit, it won't slide around.

Carpet with Rubber Backing Keeps Utensils in Place

We open and close the above drawer multiple times a day and not one utensil slips or slides. Each item has a spot and stays put. When we need an item, it's clearly visible. No more digging!

The Carpet Prevents Slipping and Sliding

We already had an inexpensive silverware divider in the top drawer, however it kept sliding around. The constant opening and closing of the drawer would cause the items placed in front to get caught or slide completely under the sorter.

Take a look at the silverware drawer now. With the rug as a base, the plastic sorter doesn't slide and the few items we keep in the front no longer move.

With the Carpet as the Base
the Sorter and Loose Items Stay in Place

The same thing applies for the third drawer. The plastic sorter no longer slides and the items along the side and edges stay in place.

The nice thing about using a piece of carpet (with rubber backing), is that even if your plastic sorters don't exactly fit, they won't move around on the carpet. So you can put utensils in front, behind or on the sides, and they too will stay in place.

Line the Kitchen Drawer with Carpet

Since renovating our kitchen is on the agenda, I've been avoiding tackling any projects, because, well, I want the reno more! But this DIY hack was fun. Glad we did it. 

If you're planning a kitchen reno, check out these professionally design pantries! There's nothing DIY here, they're all 10s!






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10 comments:

  1. I love learning simple and useful DIY tricks, Barbara. Your rubber-backed carpet drawer lining tips are very helpful. Good luck with your kitchen renovation. My brother has done two in 2 different houses over the years and my son one. What a difference it can make.

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    1. I sure hope we get to do ours, they really do change your home, and increase it's value

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  2. Right off the bat, you got me with the idea of using a vase as a utensil holder! I don't know how many times I have threatened to buy a container made just for that purpose, but back off that thought once I actually consider laying out the money for it. I have dozens of large vases on hand. That makes for a free and fabulous solution. The rubber backed carpet would be perfect to keep things from moving around in the drawers. Terrific DIY solutions, Barbara!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia, and if you have colorful vases that can add a décor element to the kitchen as well

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  3. I love the idea of using carpet remnants to line kitchen drawers and prevent both kitchen tools/utensils and sorting inserts from slipping and sliding. So clever!

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  4. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it Barbara, now I just need to find a day where I'm not doing anything in particular and get some inexpensive carpet squares....

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    1. I'm loving this simple solution - drawers are still organized - nothing sliding around now

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  5. I always enjoy learning new DIY hacks. That flower vase looks great as an organizer for your large utensils. Really love that idea and who doesn't have extra vases sitting on a shelf? Have you already drawn up your future kitchen? Knowing you, it will be fabulous!

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    1. I'm collecting designs on Pinterest - it's not in the cards yet to do - but we're hoping!

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