It’s All in The Sorting: How to Organize Kitchen Utensils More Efficiently

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Last Updated on August 11, 2021
Doug Stephen

Doug Stephen

Doug is a hardcore barbeque enthusiast and connoisseur. While he spends most of his time on editing and research, he sometimes moonlights as a product tester for particularly interesting things he comes across.

It’s All in The Sorting: How to Organize Kitchen Utensils More Efficiently

How often do you find yourself rummaging through a kitchen drawer trying to locate that one utensil you need right away? Maybe it’s a silicone spatula you swore was on top or a small whisk. Whatever it is, without some type of organization, these kitchen utensils can quickly get lost in a deep drawer and require you to remove several layers before finding the one you need.

If prior attempts at organizing have failed, or you’re finally reaching a point where enough is enough, consider getting organized once and for all. Knowing how to organize kitchen utensils efficiently will keep clutter at bay and save you time whenever you need a specific one to use. 

Here are few ways to organize your kitchen utensils, and in turn, make your cooking and baking time flow more easily.

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1. Sort Kitchen Utensils First

various kitchen utensils on wooden table

Not all utensils are essential, at least not every day. So why combine them all in the same drawer? Instinctively you already know this but may not want to spend time coming up with solutions to sort and store them separately.

Schedule a little time to set aside for this task. Pull out all your cooking utensils and put them on a flat surface. Now, sort them according to their use and how often you use them. For example, not all kitchen utensils need to be within reach of the stove or sink every day. 

Ask yourself the tough questions. How often do you use those three different size graters? Choose the main one and include it in a well-used pile. Place the others in a backup or occasional use stack. 

Another way to sort is to keep like things together. Place all graters, including zesters and anything similar, in one pile. This will be your organizing method instead of the level of usage described above. 

Sorting is also a great time to assess what you need. Toss or donate anything that is worn out or not needed. From garlic presses to apple corers, you know best how often you use these utensils.

During the sorting you might find that your old tools need replacements. This might be the time to find a new cookware set or maybe invest in new grilling accessoriesWe recommend that you check our Best BBQ Tool Sets review.

Most likely, you’ll tweak this as you go along, realizing you use one utensil more often than first thought or prefer to have all dry and wet measuring cups and spoons on the same shelf.  At that point, you can move utensils around to a new position in your kitchen.

2. Designate Spaces for Your Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen utensils and spices in bowls in stainless steel kitchen

Once you’ve determined which utensils to store together, it’s time to scout out suitable spaces in your kitchen. Locate available drawers near the stove and sink, open counter space for crocks, and available walls or cabinets for hanging systems. The areas and spaces you have available will determine the types of organizing systems to put in place.

Utensil Drawers

A utensil drawer is a popular storage option. If you have more than one available, the better. If possible, choose a drawer next to the stove based on whether you are right or left-handed. This makes it easier to reach for the perfect utensil when cooking.

Drawers, however, often become a hotbed for chaos. What can you do? The question of how to organize kitchen utensils in a drawer can be answered with a simple organizer system such as diagonal dividers or trays. Even with drawer dividers in place, though, you’ll need to be consistent in returning the utensils to their designated space after each use.

Another option is to place a customizable, non-slip silicone mat on the bottom of your drawer. This will hold utensils in place more than using regular drawer liners.

Countertop Crock or Other Holder

If you have available space on a countertop, adding a crock or other type of utensil holder is another solution. These come with a singular compartment or several. They also come in many designs to match your kitchen decor and colors. Try going with rustic or modern. Buy one or make one out of something you already have.

Go for the largest crock you can find that will fit the space. Keep wooden spoons, spatulas, slotted spoons, and various other essential utensils on hand and in plain sight.

Hanging System

There are numerous ways you can create a hanging system in your kitchen to store your cooking utensils.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Mount a Pegboard to a side wall, just like you would in a garage or workshop.
  • Attach a wall-rack or individual hooks to an open wall space.
  • Add a pot rack above the stove to hang utensils.
  • Fashion a rail system to add hooks or baskets.
  • Utilize cabinet ends or sides by mounting a bar or individual hooks.
  • Mount rods or hooks to the underneath of a cabinet.
  • Attach an organizing rack to the inside of cabinet doors.

Look around your kitchen and get creative with your available space. If you’re often buying and trying out new cooking utensils, then you can even setup a hanging system where your new tools are readily in your view of the kitchen, as opposed to storing in a cabinet and never using them again.

Cabinet and Pantry Storage Solutions

If you are in the middle of building or remodeling your kitchen, consider adding a pull-out utensil cabinet to hold a set of your cooking utensils. This storage option stays concealed until needed but can also be costly.

On the other end of that spectrum, try storing less-used utensils in inexpensive stackable storage bins on a pantry shelf. Attempt to keep these small bins out of sight as much as possible but not trapped behind other kitchen cooking supplies. You still want easy access to them when desired. You just don’t need to use or see them every day.

Doug Stephen

Doug Stephen

Final Thoughts: Organizing Kitchen Utensils

Being able to prepare your meals like a pro chef needs time, practice, and a well-organized kitchen. By putting in a little time and effort at the start, you can easily organize all your kitchen utensils and avoid the clutter and time-consuming process of searching for one when you need it the most. 

To recap, simply sort all your kitchen utensils, categorizing by level of use or similarity in function. Next, locate available space in your indoor or outdoor kitchen and designate what goes where. Follow this up with a way to organize, such as drawer dividers, countertop crocks, or hanging systems, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. 

The key going forward, however, is to keep your kitchen utensils organized. This will take some effort on your part to always return them to the same location. Eventually, you’ll have the organization you want, need, and deserve.