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Limited drawer space in kitchen. How can each drawer store more?

Drawer space can be tricky because our go-to organizing tools that maximize space (like shelf risers and hooks) are rendered useless in this arena. I would say that adjustable drawer organizers will be your new best friend as well as open containers for corralling the small stuff. If you find that drawer dividers take up too much room, you might just opt for a rubber mat that will keep kitchen tools from rolling around for when you open and close the drawer. If the drawers are fairly deep, you could implement cutting board racks (which allow things to be sorted vertically). It allows for greater access to items while creating more space.

I would also strongly suggest assessing what categories of items might live elsewhere so that you free up drawer space. Some ideas that work well are:

  • Using a magnetic strip and hanging knives
  • Putting up a cutlery caddy or set of organizers on the wall for utensils
  • Folding kitchen towels and the like and storing in a decorative bin
  • Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling

I’m curious what tricks and tips our readers have for creating more drawer space in the kitchen? Please share!
Image from Flickr user EvelynGiggles used with permission under Creative Commons License

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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