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It was so easy to personalize my kitchen drawer organization so that it works perfectly for me.

And I don’t want to make this sound like it’s all about me…but when it comes to our kitchen organization…let’s be real here…it is.

Let’s do the math:

We’ve been married for 31 years…31 x 365 equals 11,315;

less the Friday night nachos that Terry has made for the past 31 years (52 x 31= 1,612)…11,315 – 1612 = 9,703;

less eating out on average of two time a month  ((31 X12) X 2 = 744)…9,703 – 744 = 8,959

Which means that ever since we’ve been married, I have cooked 79% of our dinners (8,959 ÷ 11,315)…

So, it’s my kitchen…and the organization should work for me.

And while I have pondered and purchased various and assorted kitchen drawer organization options over the years, nothing really worked for me the way I wanted it to…plus, it’s just not very pretty.

So recently I got a bee ?in my bonnet and set out to make my kitchen drawers just the way I wanted them to…and let’s just pause a minute and look how pretty my organized kitchen drawer looks.

A place for everything and everything in it’s place…One of my favorite concepts is functional aesthetics (do the job and look good doing it) and these drawers fits that bill.

And truly pretty darn easy…a perfect task for a rainy Saturday. I made drawer organizers for two kitchen drawers; one of my tool drawers and the cutlery drawer.  I still have one more to do, but I’m spending a little time pondering the best way to organize that one.

What I used to make my Custom Kitchen Drawer Organization:

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  • A mitre saw makes this job so easy, but with a guide you could use a skill jaw or a jig saw.
  • 1/4″ by 2.5″ boards…mine were oak.  I chose oak only because it seemed those boards were smoother and would need less sanding…I’m about minimizing the amount of sanding.
  • Glue.  I found that Clear Gorilla Glue worked better than traditional wood glue.
  • Craft Paper to sketch your plan
  • Level, Ruler, Tape Measure and Speed Square

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How I Made My Custom Kitchen Drawer Organization:

  • The first thing you need to do is spend some time examining your drawers and how you want them to work. I wanted to keep like thing together and so I needed enough space for each type of tool.
  • I emptied my drawers and laid down a piece of craft paper. Then I sorted my tools so that I had the like things together.
  • Once I had all my like things together, I used a ruler and pencil to draw lines around those spaces.
  • I measured the lines and jotted those measurements down on the paper. Take into consideration the width of your boards (in my case 1/4″) when figuring out your measurements.

Here’s a ‘DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO TIP‘…for our first drawer we did not consider the width of the boards when we were cutting them so we had to go back and lop off 1/4″ off of several of them…

  • I lightly sanded my boards
  • Cut our lengths 
  • We did find it helpful to put a check mark next to the lengths we had cut on our original diagram to keep track of what was done and what still needed to be done.
  • I made the choice not to ‘frame’ the organizers solely because I didn’t want to give up any space…even that little bit. That decision worked fine for my big tool drawer…all the pieces glued together so it can be removed as one unit. I figured that when we move, the new owners might want to use the drawer differently so they could just easily pull the insert out.
  • But that wasn’t going to be an option for my cutlery drawer, since I had several pieces that would not be glued together. So, I had the brilliant idea that I would just glue it permanently into the drawer…my thinking was that this drawer will always be a cutlery drawer so the basic cutlery organization would be fine. But…

DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO TIP’ #2…I failed to take into consideration that I might want to be able to remove the cutlery organizer to wipe the drawer down. UGH…  So, if I were to do it all over again, I would lose the 1/4″ and frame the whole organizer so that it could be pulled in and out. Update:   I will be taking this drawer apart and redoing it with a frame and possible a thin piece of wood on the bottom…it is not staying together as it is. (insert sad face) I will be back to let you know what I end up doing.

  • In any event, you will want to use your speed square to make sure that all your connections are 90° when you glue them together.
  • I used the side of the drawer, my speed square and some books to apply pressure and keep the connections square while the glue dried.
  • Once the glue was dry, the organizing geek in me got all goose-bumpy putting my tools in their designated spots. And if nothing else, I’m so glad to have a parking spot for that rolling pin!

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Bookmark this page or pin it for your future reference.Customize your Kitchen Drawer Organization by designing and making your own inserts. An easy DIY to improve your Kitchen Organization.

So, I did learn a few things in the process and will apply those lessons when I do my next drawer, but that being said…I am thrilled with my new kitchen drawer organization .  I have so much more room and room exactly where I need it.

How about a little Before and After…

When I designed this kitchen drawer organization my goal was to use every possible inch of space my drawers and I am very pleased that I was able to accomplish that…AND it’s just so pretty!

Customize your Kitchen Drawer Organization by designing and making your own inserts. An easy DIY to improve your Kitchen Organization.

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  1. Lou

    August 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

    What a wonderful idea, the plastic trays just slide around this would keep everything in place.

    • lynn

      August 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Absolutely Lou! And I just couldn’t find them in the sizes I really needed…my modus operandii…if I can’t find it I make it!

      Thanks for swinging by and leaving your kind words. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Carole West

    August 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I love this and really like that you made it… Such a great idea because it’s what you want. I’m an organized nut…. it could actually a hobby and I agree the kitchen should be spot on so things are easy to find.

    • lynn

      August 18, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Hey Carole, kindred spirits! I finally realized that if I wanted it my way, I’d have to noodle a way to get it…and it really was easy. Excited to keep going and organizing all my drawers.

      Wishing you a wonderful Weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Mary

    August 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Your drawers look wonderful Lynn! I too need to do something about mine. I just got a new kitchen but no separators. I think this is a great idea and you are so right we should have command of our kitchens since we cook in them most of the time.

    • lynn

      August 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Oh Mary, these were so easy to make…really. And they makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE! I am so tickled…I just open my drawers and gaze upon the organizational loveliness.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Kathleen

    August 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Beautiful job! A tiny step forward in dealing with PTSD. My deepest gratitude!

    • lynn

      August 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Kathleen, I am so glad to help in whatever small way I can! And thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind and encouraging words. Hugs!

  5. TerriSue

    August 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Your drawers look fantastic! I liked your figures. Somewhat similar to mine except that I have been married for 37 years and we have eaten out less than you have. My husband also does not have a night that he makes dinner except for Sunday nights when he makes popcorn for himself until he can’t possibly eat any more. I still have to make something for myself. This past year he has had to make meals as I have had two extensive back surgeries during it. As I make everything from scratch, we shopped before each surgery to stock up on EASY meals for him to put together. We have had a lot of spaghetti and marinara. lol We have been vegetarians for 35 years so that limits some of the meals people commonly associate with men cooking. I am back in the kitchen again still trying to get everything back the way it is supposed to be. We paid off our house last year and now are doing things to make it completely ours when he retires and we live here until we die. lol Tonight I am going to show him your article. This might be a good autumn project. Thank you so much for all you share Lynn.

    • lynn

      August 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Terri Sue,

      So glad you are slowly getting back on your feet after your surgery…and if my hubby had to cook on a regular basis it would be a rotation of nachos, hot dogs, pizza and probably popcorn…so they do sound quite similar…except for the vegetarian thing.

      And congrats on paying your home off and how satisfying that you can now know that whatever you do to your home, it will always be yours! I hope that this project works for you as well as it worked for me…it was an easy and satisfying project.

      Have a fantastic weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Tara @ Lehman lane

    August 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Def inspired to start organizing my kitchen drawers now Lynn! Great job on the custom dividers and decluttering!!!

    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Tara! Downside…now when I open a drawer without those lovely custom dividers it makes my eyes itch just a wee bit…may need to build some more.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. yuni

    August 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    lynn, i love this idea! what a great way to use up all the space in the drawers!

    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Yup…no wasted space now. I’m pretty tickled with them.

      Have a great day Yuni!

  8. Sam - Raggedy Bits

    August 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Great idea Lynn! I have a couple in my drawers but they are all the wrong size for all of my bits and pieces!! So will have to make some of your custom ones!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Can’t beat custom…a place for everything and everything in it’s place! Hope you get them made and enjoy as much as I do!

  9. Angela

    August 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Great job Lynn! Very informative and interesting idea. Thanks

    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Angela! So glad you found it helpful.

  10. Janine

    August 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm


    What a fantastic job you did on this project! I love to organize so I read every word! Now, your drawers look so professional and just as my dad used to say, Just like downtown! 🙂

    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Oh I love that saying…’just like downtown!’ I am going to borrow it from your dad!

      And this was really an easy project and so satisfying for those organizing nerds like us. You can definitely find me standing in my kitchen and staring lovingly at those drawers.

      Have a great day.

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. Amanda

    August 25, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I’m so impressed! It looks awesome!!

    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Amanda…I am so pleased with how they turned out. Ready to do some more…when I get a few minutes.

  12. Kim

    October 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    You know we all sat down and did the math on the percentage of meals we have cooked in our homes! Love it!

    • lynn

      October 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hey Kim…so…was your final calculation similar to mine? And if so…it’s your kitchen and it needs to work for YOU…am I right?

      Thanks for popping in and living your kind comment.

      Wishing you a lovely day!

      Hugs, Lynn


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