The gadget drawer can either be a pleasure to open or a pleasure to close. Mine used to be the latter.
I was never really happy with my gadget drawer(s) before. I would put the items into baskets within the drawer but the organization never lasted. The items would shift around in the drawer and I was back to square one.
I found these organizers about a year ago and they are called DrawerDecor. I only bought one at a time because they were not inexpensive and I wanted to make sure they were worth the investment.
They are so worth it, I loved them instantly!
It is basically a repositionable basemat which you can cut-to-size, so that it perfectly fits your drawer. The mat includes dividers that are also repositionable; you can adjust both the mat and the dividers to fit your gadgets or utensils. If you ever need to change the positioning, you simply lift the matt or the dividers and use them over and over. Genius.
They have them in an assortment of colors and since I am such a crazy gal…I chose…drumroll…NATURAL.
I totally meant to choose red or something more fun but let’s face it, my idea of fun involves rocking chairs. Natural was the color for me.
I had more gadgets than I had dividers, but the cool thing is that since the mats are non-skid, I was able to place large items (like my kitchen timer) and they didn’t shift.
After I fell in love with this organizer, I ordered another set for my other gadget drawer. However, I used the repositionable dividers that came with it, for the drawer pictured above and simply used the mat to hold larger items.
I placed all my timers and miscellaneous bowls and brushes in this drawer and they don’t shift at all. I have had these organizers in place for over a year and they work great for me.
Of course, there are other ways to organize your drawer that don’t involve buying these mats. This is just what worked for me. I wonder if any other silicone mat will have a similar effect. You wouldn’t have the dividers but it may hold the larger items. Also, acrylic dividers that come in different shapes are a good option.
So lets get to work.
1. The first step in organizing your gadget drawer is to take out all the utensils and gadgets. This is very important because once the items are out of the drawer, you will be pickier with what you allow back in.
2. Get rid of doubles. Unless we are talking about timers. In that case you need 14. I am kidding, but I do collect them and around the holidays I actually use quite a few of them, at once.
3. Lastly, get rid of gadgets that you don’t ever use. Sometimes we have the best of intentions when we buy something and it just ends up taking up space. I usually give items away so that I don’t feel guilty about not keeping them.
You will be left with your favorite tools — the ones that make cooking more fun. Your drawer will now be a pleasure to open!
You can find the organizers that I mentioned in my amazon store HERE
. I only recommend products that I love and have made my life easier or prettier. This one checks off both boxes.
How do you organize your gadgets? A crock, in the drawers like me?
Organizational Specialist says
Love the mats! Thank you for the link!
It is now one of my favorite organization tools for the kitchen!
I am glad to see that I am not alone in using several timers at the holidays. I absolutely love your red kitchen gadgets against the natural drawdecor. I have added them to my wishlist and will purchase one at a time in the near future. Wow, I know I am commenting a lot of I have gained a lot of ideas. Thanks so much
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You’re very welcome