These Inside-the-Drawer Organizers Are the Secret to Doubling Your Counter Space
As a cook, there's nothing more inviting than walking into an organized kitchen with clutter-free countertops. Kitchen organization is the key to easy, streamlined meal prep, and it can make your home a safer place to cook.
Despite all the benefits of setting up an organized kitchen, it can be frustratingly hard to maintain, even for a professional. That's why I've started to rethink my kitchen storage ideas. Rather than keep things like knives, spices, and utensils on the countertop, I'm keeping my workspace completely clear thanks to a range of drawer organizers that store my equipment out-of-the-way. Drawer dividers help organize my utensils efficiently, so I can grab what I need when I need it and keep the rest safely stowed away in its designated space. Thanks to this simple switch, I'm finding it easier than ever to maintain an organized storage system.
If you've been looking for kitchen storage ideas that are easy to implement and even easier to maintain, try moving your equipment off of the counter and into an organized drawer. We've found a ton of space-saving drawer dividers that help arrange everything from spices to knives to wooden spoons, and they're all available on Amazon. Here are a few of our favorites.
Bamboo Expandable Drawer Organizer
This bamboo utensil tray expands to fit drawers of varying sizes and accommodates all types of utensils. It's divided into compartments (either six or eight) to make storage streamlined and efficient. This practical accessory is totally versatile, and can also be used as an office organizer for pens, pencils and tape or a hardware organizer for nails and screws.
To buy: $24 at amazon.com
Joseph Joseph Drawer Storage Compact Cutlery Organizer
With over 5,500 five-star reviews, Amazon shoppers agree that this handy gadget is perfect for maximizing storage space. It allows silverware to be stacked efficiently in layers, rather than laid out flat across an entire drawer. That way, utensil drawers can be used for larger serving and cooking utensils as well.
To buy: $10 at amazon.com
M Design Adjustable, Expandable Spice Rack
Spice drawers are notoriously messy, but this handy gadget helps solve that problem. This three-tiered organizer fits into cabinets or drawers to display spices in a way that makes them easy to read and easy to reach for. Storing spices inside a drawer rather than on a countertop or stacked in a cabinet helps maximize shelf space, and this adjustable unit helps make the most of shallow drawers.
To buy: $17 (originally $20) at amazon.com
Made Smart 8-Piece Interlocking Bin Set
Interlocking bins are the perfect solution to that maddening junk drawer. This eight-piece pack of mix-and-match bins makes it easy to design your own versatile storage solution. The bins are completely multipurpose, so they work just as well in bathroom drawers as they do in office or kitchen drawers. We love that the smaller bins are perfect for clips or thumbtacks, and the larger bins can be used to store measuring spoons or wine openers.
To buy: $11 (originally $14) at amazon.com
StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer
No matter how nicely you try to stack them, food storage lids have a habit of tumbling around and making a complete mess out of drawers. That's why we love this simple drawer divider that stores lids on their side, rather than piling them up in a heap. You can easily see what size and shape you're grabbing, and though they're perfect for container lids, this organizer would also work nicely with pot and pan lids.
To buy: $23 (originally $25) at amazon.com
Seville Classics Vertical Pan and Lid Rack
Deeper drawers are the perfect place to store cutting boards, muffin tins and sheet trays, but it can often be difficult to see what you're working with when they're piled on top of each other. This drawer divider fits nicely into deeper drawers and conveniently stores pans, trays and boards on their side, so you can easily look in and grab exactly what you're looking for.
To buy: $18 (originally $21) at amazon.com
Wusthof In-Drawer Knife Rack
I never thought of storing knives inside a drawer until I came across this inside-the-drawer knife rack from one of my favorite knife brands, Wusthof. It stores up to 14 knives just like a countertop knife block, but the knives rest in one single, horizontal layer to save space. If you have kids in the house, this is a particularly good idea, because it provides an added layer of safety that other knife blocks don't.
To buy: $50 at amazon.com