5 Brilliant Kitchen Organization Ideas that Make Life Easier!

Life is hard enough. So why not make life in the kitchen as easy as possible? We’re full of kitchen organization ideas, and today we’re sharing 5 that have made life easier for us. (One reason being that they’re 5 of our most-used areas!)

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#5: Upright Stove Utensil Drawer

First, let’s talk about the two vertical drawers we created on either side of our stove.

white cabinets in kitchen surrounding a gas stove

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These vertical drawers were both born out of the simple fact that

I did not want to store my stove utensils out on the counter.


Because we couldn’t relocate our stove, it left us with little counter space on each side. So my plan was to keep that precious counter space AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE!

Therefore, I had to conceive a way to fit my stove utensils into a drawer near it, and I did not want a regular horizontal drawer in which I had to rummage around to find the tool I needed.

Thus, our idea for a vertical drawer was born!

white vertical kitchen drawer open to right side of stove

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We broke it up into both larger and narrower compartments for the different tools, and each one has a specific place. We have organized, designated spots for

  • Wooden spoons (large)
  • Wooden spoons (small)
  • Metal spoons
  • Wooden spatulas
  • Whisks
  • Tongs
open drawer with various kitchen tools organized vertically in wood dividers

drawer divider | wooden spatulas | whisks | tongs

So when Matt or I am cooking up a storm, we can easily pull open the drawer and immediately grab exactly what we need!

open drawer with kitchen tools organized vertically in wood dividers

drawer divider | wooden spatulas | whisks | tongs

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Here’s a quick video showing one of our many vertical organized drawers in action!

It’s such a simple thing but it gets used constantly and so efficiently and


Now, let’s look to the left side of the stove. I now needed to design another vertical drawer to the left so that there’d be that symmetry on either side of the stove. What else do we use when cooking at the stove (and that could be stored well vertically)? That answer comes next…


#2: Spice Drawers

Now, because we designed this whole drawer on the outside to visually match drawer #1,

these are not your usual spice drawers.

organized spice drawer in kitchen, with three levels, top drawer open

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See why we did it this way and how each “level” slides back (saving your back!) in our spice drawer post!

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#3: Tea Drawer Organization

See our full post on our life-changing tea drawer DIY dividers!

tea bags organized in kitchen drawer with wood dividers

tea drawer dividers

Some of our best tea recommendations (and one coffee one sneaked in there!) for you are:

fennel | licorice | peppermint | ginger | earl grey | english breakfast | dandelion root | throat coat | my favorite Swiss water process coffee!


#4: Tray Organization

We mentioned this in our cabinet storage post, so I won’t go into too much detail except to say that we use these so often that it’s sooooooooooo nice to have all our trays so simply arranged and easily available.

vertical kitchen tray storage above oven, behind white cabinets

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#5: Kitchen Drawer Organization

Instead of buying pre-made drawer organizers, we made our own!

These are all arranged on and attached to a thin board below. So it’s all removable if we ever need to do any deeper cleaning.

silverware and kitchen tools organized in drawer with wood dividers

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Why don’t I like the premade drawer organizers?

  1. They rarely (if ever) fit your drawer like a glove.
  2. Thus, they shift and move around every time you open your drawer.
  3. I find this annoying.
  4. I try to minimize all annoyances when within my power to do so.
  5. Drawer organization is easily within my power; thus this annoyance was identified and eliminated ASAP.

Do I sound like an efficient hit man (or woman) of poorly-designed kitchen organizational materials? That’s A-OK with me!

Start yours here!

kitchen tools organized in drawer with wood dividers

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Lisa Zeitel

    Jess, do you recommend drawers for everyday glasses? I don’t have many upper cabinets in my kitchen. Thanks so much!

    1. Jess

      Hi Lisa! Depending on how it fits into your kitchen design and organization strategies (we created this to help walk step-by-step through everything! https://thebrainandthebrawn.com/product/kitchen-design-bundle/), that may work! It would also depend on the style, weight, placement, and other factors of the glasses, so difficult to make any blanket statements. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Theresa

    What do you store in the drawer under the spice drawer and the one under the utensil drawer? Ordering these plans for our renovation. Love your ideas.

    1. Jess

      Hi Theresa! Theyโ€™ve served as storage for different things over the various stages and needs of lifeโ€”our Kitchen Organization Guide shows the process of how to determine perfect placement for each item in your kitchen!๐Ÿ˜„

      – Jess

  3. Gabriella Steinlicht

    Your ideas are inspirational and I plan to purchase some some of your plans and ideas for my current new build this week. What do you use the drawer that is under the utensil drawer? I have one island. Would it be bad design to only have two deep drawers x two in the middle and have smaller drawers and their two drawers underneath them? the srawers lines would not match up. Should I go for it, or try to keep them the same?
    Thank you,

    1. Jess

      Hi Gabriella! I’ve used the drawer under the utensil drawer for a variety of things over the years–such as when my girls were crawlers & toddlers, I kept their “cooking toys” in there so they could easily reach and play while Mama cooked! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your new build! It looks like you’re needing some help in kitchen design, which is a BIG task–we offer 1-hour consultations if you’d like personalized help with any issues you’re running into!

      More details on that HERE and HERE!

      Jess & Matt

  4. Madison

    But where are the instructions?

    1. Jess

      Instructions for what?

  5. Sadaf

    Hi,u people are just mind blowing,thanks alot for guiding especially about custum counters ,i m hopefull for pain free work in the kitchen…๐Ÿ‘

    1. Jess

      Thank you, Sadaf! We’re so glad you found that article helpful as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jen

    So many great custom ideas, did you just retro fit your drawers with all dividers etc or is each drawer custom made from start to finish?

    1. Jess

      Thanks Jen! After the drawers were finished, we added dividers.

  7. Colene Williamson

    Love your ideas. We are in construction stage. Do you do custom kitchen design. Maybe work with us to get the most organization from our small kitchen??

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