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DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’ve been on a decluttering and organizing kick. My latest project was making my kitchen drawers more usable. I have always been dissatisfied with store-bought trays and dividers because they are not custom tailored to the length and size of my kitchen tools and utensils.  In addition, the height of most trays is only 1.5″, which means that drawer contents are always spilling over from one compartment to another due to the trays’ shallow depth.

These are the Ikea organizer trays we’ve been using for some time:


My kitchen tools spilling over:


When I came across Kevin & Amanda’s utensil drawer project on Pinterest, I knew it was the exact thing I wanted to do.  I quickly emptied the drawer, threw or gave away tools I no longer use, and visualized the new layout using my kids’ Keva planks to simulate dividers.

After I was satisfied with the layout, my husband drew schematics for each different drawer with measurements.


We then trekked over to Home Depot and purchased enough 0.25″ x 2.5″ x 4′ poplar hobby boards for all three drawers (total of four for $18).

My husband cut the boards using his miter saw and used wood glue to join all the pieces at the proper places:


The height of the new divider is 2.5″. The additional inch provides significantly more capacity for each compartment.  Our finished product has brought me much joy and satisfaction.  I really love having organized, clean, and clutter-free kitchen drawers.


In addition to the kitchen tools drawer, we also made organizers for two utensil drawers.

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