If cooking is your thing, you may be the type of person who has a utensil for everything. From pots and pans for every occasion, to all manner of bakeware, spatulas and tongs. But where does it all go? It’s easy, as you build your collection, for the kitchen to become disorganized. Luckily there are plenty of ideas for how to organize kitchen utensils, to keep your kitchen clutter-free so you can easily find what you need, when you need it. Get started with organizing kitchen cabinets, and then you can move onto smaller items in your kitchen.
‘Kitchen utensils need to be stored as close to where you cook and prepare food as possible,’ explains Alex Main, Director, The Main Company (opens in new tab). ‘A utensil drawer next to the stove or oven is usually an ideal place allowing them to be easily accessible. Incorporate partitions within your drawers so that utensils can be organized and stored correctly for easy use. Ensure the depth and width of the drawers is large enough to handle the utensils you are planning to store.’
How to organize kitchen utensils: get started
Now you’re ready to get organised, there are a few tasks to do before deciding on the storage solutions that’ll work for your space.
- Take time to declutter Before you start reorganizing the whole kitchen, go through all your utensils and check for anything that’s broken or seen better days and see if you have any duplicates. Take time to think about how to organize your kitchen utensils.
- Group items together Rather than chucking everything in a drawer or cupboard together, divide utensils into groups and store these items together: Baking utensils and bakeware; Daily cooking utensils (spatulas, tongs, graters etc; Pots and pans; Baking trays and roasters; Cutlery; Chopping boards.
- Keep them within easy reach Now think carefully about where to store them. It might be that you find it easier to have utensils you use daily stored by the hob, for example. Baking kit and utensils might be best stored in a cupboard as you won’t use them every day. Think about the type of cooking you do most and organize your utensils to suit.
How to organize utensils drawer
We’re all guilty of having one of those drawers. The type where everything is shoved in no particular order, but a quick reorganize can help make the kitchen feel less cluttered. Organizing kitchen drawers is a task worth doing, and there are some perfect solutions for storing utensils in drawers.
- Empty the drawer Take all of your utensils out of the drawer or drawers and give it all a good clean. Wipe around the drawers to remove any crumbs and freshen it up.
- Divide up the space If you don’t have one already, buy a drawer divider or tray, that way you can easily separate your utensils and cutlery so it doesn’t end up a big cluttered mess. If you have a couple of drawers for storage, use one for cutlery and the other for storing cooking utensils.
- Get sorted Start organizing your utensils into each drawer. If there is anything you find you don’t use on a regular basis think about storing it with other lesser used items to prevent the drawers becoming overly full.
How to organize kitchen utensils – tips and tricks
1. Use a door for storage
Utilizing cupboard or kitchen doors for storage is a handy way to organize utensils. ‘Hanging your utensils from hooks on the wall is a great way to store your utensils and keep them out of the way but also within reach whenever you need them,’ says Ryan McDonough, My Job Quote (opens in new tab). ‘This will save you taking up room in your drawers and will ensure that your utensils are always easily accessible as and when you need them.’
This is a great trick for organizing a small kitchen, as it doesn’t take up any extra space. Magnetic knife strips (opens in new tab) are another great way to store things on walls and doors to free up worktops.
2. Hang pots and pans from the ceiling
If cupboard space is tight then a ceiling pot rack (like Amazon’s ceiling hanging pot and pan rack (opens in new tab)) might be just the answer for organizing pots and pans in the kitchen. If you are keeping pots and pans on show, try not to overcrowd the rack to prevent it from becoming cluttered and consider buying pots and pans in matching styles for a cohesive look.
3. Upcycle plant pots
Storage doesn’t have to be expensive and can give you the chance to be creative. DIY kitchen ideas are perfect for updating your kitchen on a budget. Pick up a few plant pots from your local garden centre, choosing different sizes – a tall one for larger utensils, medium for smaller ones and a small planter for cutlery. You can even paint them to match your kitchen color scheme. This way you can keep utensils organised, but make it stylish too.
4. Divide up with drawer organizers
The easiest way to keep utensil drawers in order is with a drawer organiser. There are many different styles available online making it easy to keep things in order. If you’re planning a kitchen revamp it’s worth factoring in drawer storage into your design. Planning storage early on in the process can make tackling how to organize kitchen utensils much easier.
5. Choose vintage jars
Utensils don’t always have to be hidden away in cupboards or drawers and if you have some vintage or pretty glassware it can make the ideal way to store cutlery. Group together three jars or pots and use one each for spoons, knives and forks so people can easily help themselves come mealtimes.
6. Make a display of chopping boards
What’s not to love about a beautiful collection of chopping boards? Maybe trying to find somewhere to store them! With an aesthetically pleasing collection like here, why not make a feature of them in their own right and turn them into wall art.
Hang hooks at varying heights along a wall and use them to store your chopping boards. Before fixing hooks in place, make templates of your chopping boards and check the layout against your wall so you can achieve a balanced, well-organized look.
7. Hang a peg rail
For a subtle kitchen storage idea, hang a peg rail along the wall and paint it the same color so that it coordinates with the room’s look. This way, when the pegs aren’t being used they blend nicely into your kitchen decor.
Where should kitchen utensils be stored?
‘The first step in organizing your utensils is to rationalise,’ says Ben Burbidge, managing director, Kitchen Makers (opens in new tab). ‘We all have a core set of tools that we use to cook with so identify what they are and which zones in the kitchen you use them in.’
Making sure everything is close to hand when you need it is key, according to Ben.
‘The next stage is to group them together. There are items which will need to be accessed quickly and easily such as wooden spoons, tongs and slotted spoons, which require quick access and proximity to your cooking area. Although it’s key to keep countertops clutter free, these are sometimes best situated on hooks or countertop, open storage vessels for practical ease of access.’ If you do want to keep worktops totally clear, consider storing utensils on kitchen shelving ideas at an easy height instead.
How can I organize my kitchen utensils without a drawer?
‘Utilise the space above the cooker to save cupboard and drawer space, by adding a metal rail with hooks for an easy way to access and display utensils, pans and other kitchen accessories,’ explains Alex Main, Director, The Main Company (opens in new tab) ‘Alternatively, a more traditional look is a utensil pot that can be kept out on the worktop.’
How do you organize a cooking utensils drawer?
‘If you haven’t been fortunate to design your own kitchen or are in the process of doing so, make sure you always consider how you integrate drawer dividers,’ says Ben. ‘They help you group together similar utensils and make it far easier for you to locate what you need.’