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Wondering why I want my hammer & screw drivers in the kitchen? The reason is the garage, where all the tools are kept, is up the stairs and at the opposite end of the house. I've learned that when a tool is too far away, things don't get done now … and sometimes never. I'd rather make space to keep my tools handy, so small things like hanging a new hook, get done right away.
The final drawer design does include my hammer!
Here's my final design to organize this drawer, and right below I'll share with you mistakes I almost made and my recommended steps to organize your kitchen drawers.
There's one big challenge when you decide to organize your kitchen drawers with inserts from OrganizeMyDrawer.com. You can't make any mistakes! That's because your drawer insert comes with fixed dividers that can't be moved, and there are no problems for your design mistakes.
Don't think you're going to make mistakes? Well I did, and I want to share them with you so you realize taking a few extra steps to avoid these mistakes is the smart choice. What I missed:
- Determining how many columns will fit into this drawer – already explained here …
- Mixed up drawer depth and width measurements, putting them in opposite as that's how I measured them and thankfully caught this problem early.
- Didn't allow enough space (height) for my hammer, really? Guessing that when I decided to combine the top space for the two columns on the left, I lost an inch which would have hurt if I didn't create the printout above to check my measurements.
Recommended Steps to Organize Your Kitchen Drawers
Unless you've already invested a lot of time and money in organizing your home, there's probably at least one tip you'll take away from this list … and I hope you share your favorite tip below.
Here are the steps I recommend using to organize your kitchen drawers:
- Pick one drawer to start the process. Don't be scared to pick the worst drawer in your kitchen or bathroom, as you'll get more value once it's done, and that will get your through the process.
- Review what's in the drawer and decide what you're not really using, and things that belong somewhere else in your house.
- Spread everything from the drawer out on the countertop.
- Organize things where you want them to live inside the drawer.
- Make sure you don't have too many columns. For example, I started with five columns but an 18 inch wide drawer, means 3-3.5″ wide columns which didn't make sense, so I went to four columns.
- Design your drawer, measuring each cell as you add it to the design.The “measure tool” makes it easy to check the size of any cell.
- Print your design (I used Jing to cut and paste into PowerPoint) and write in what you plan to store in each cell. I wanted this to be sure I was comfortable with how I laid things out, and then recognized I needed to verify measurements for items that aren't flexible.
- Identify and verify there's enough space for gadgets requiring a fixed amount of space (shown in red above). For my drawer, these included my hammer, scissors and tape measure.
Good luck designing your drawers, and please share your stories below. If you send me photos (before and after are the most fun), I'll add them here so we can get more creative about how we use this cool new product from OrganizeMyDrawer.com.