How to Declutter and Organize Deep Kitchen Drawers

Deep kitchen drawers are a super-functional feature of the modern kitchen. But they can easily become a catchall if all the gadgets, dishes, and pots all end up in one place. It might even feel overwhelming wondering how to declutter and start organizing those deep drawers once and for all. Check out my strategies on how to declutter and organize your deep kitchen drawers and stay organized.

Before you get started: Consider how many drawers you need to tackle and determine their purpose. Measure the width and depth of the drawers and either purchase the organizing systems you’ll use, reuse an organizing/ dividing system you have on hand, or make a custom deep drawer divider. Or do all three.

Now let’s get going!

Step 1: Remove the Drawer and All its Contents

Start with one drawer at a time. Remove the drawer and lay everything out on a flat surface such as the kitchen table or countertop covered with an old blanket or towel. Once the drawer is empty, thoroughly wipe out all the grit and grime. Divide the items into categories: staying, moving, recycling, trash, and donation.

How to Declutter & Organize Deep Kitchen Drawers - My gadget drawer in progress
The contents of our deep drawer at the beginning of the decluttering process

Step 2: Determine the Purpose of the Drawer

The location of the drawer will dictate what needs to be in it. For example, a deep drawer next to the range is an ideal spot for pots, pans, and lids or a lower drawer dedicated to kid snacks. Once you’ve determined the drawer’s purpose, it’s time to look around your kitchen for similar items that might fit into the drawer. Gather all the like pieces together in one spot to pin down what items you use most often and what will fit into the drawer.

Types of Deep Kitchen Drawers

Deep kitchen drawers serve may purposes: from storing dishes, pots & pans, plasticware, and gadgets to a snack station.

Step 3: Get Organized

Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend $200 per drawer to get organized. You may already own some or all of what you need to get those drawers organized right now. If you’re up for an easy DIY, you could always make your own custom deep drawer dividers. Below are a few additional products that may assist in the quest to conquer those deep drawers.

Step 4: Stay Organized

Get everyone involved: Once each drawer is organized and has a purpose, it’s time for a strategy to keep it organized. Here’s where the entire household comes in. Show everyone the functionality and organization of the drawer. Each person will know where to find things when cooking, unloading the dishwasher, and snacking.

Be the Editor-in-Chief: Check-in with each drawer regularly, say once a month, to ensure the drawers are still functioning the way you intended. Tweak as needed. It’s your space and has to work for your lifestyle.

Be critical of what you buy: One way to stay organized and clutter-free is to have fewer things in the first place. When you come across something while shopping that you think you want, look at it with a critical eye. Is there room for it, does it have more than one function, does it complete you? Your ability to make those hard decisions while at Home Goods or Target not only saves money, it will save time decluttering later on.

Step 5: Recycle and Donate

Organizations like nextdoor and buynothingproject.org can connect you with people in your area that might be interested in your free stuff. It saves you time (driving to the donation center), keeps items out of landfills, and helps others save money by taking that old food processor with the missing top of your hands! Or you can donate that egg beater and apple corer to a local charity.

Happy decluttering and organizing!


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