Did you know that getting rid of clutter can eliminate 40 percent of the housework in your home? It also reduces any stress you feel every time you look at a messy space.

While you don’t have to become a full-on minimalist to eliminate the stress in your life, paring down your number of possessions and organizing what you do decide to keep has the potential to save you a lot of energy later on — especially in your drawers.

Taking drawer organization ideas into account can help you get a head start on things. Everyone has an infamous “junk drawer” in their home, but at what point do all of your drawers become junk drawers? When is the last time you even thought about organizing them?

Well, now you can. Read on the learn 10 of the best drawer and kitchen organization hacks.

1. Take Everything Out

The first step to organize your drawers is to empty them completely. Doing this makes it easier to see everything you have, and also to determine if you actually need or use all of it.

This step is going to get messy, but it’s going to be worth it. Separate everything into three piles — keep, donate, trash. You can also make a fourth if you come across anything you’d like to sell.

2. Declutter

Now that you have your piles, you’re going to declutter everything. Keep only what it is that you need or would like to have in your home.

3. Categorize

After decluttering, you’re going to create categories for your drawers.

For your closet, separate your drawers into pants, shirts, undergarments, etc. If you have a large closet or a lot of drawers, you may even be able to separate further by the type of pants, shirts, or undergarments you have.

For example, one drawer for your jeans, one drawer for shorts, and one drawer for skirts.

If you’re organizing your kitchen, create a drawer for utensils, appliances, miscellaneous things, even coffee if it applies.

4. Coffee Organization

If you have a Nespresso or Keurig coffee machine, then you’ll understand the struggle of keeping all your pods and k-cups organized.

Buying drawer separators can help you with this. Once you’ve placed your separators inside your drawer, you can separate each section by type of coffee.

With all the Keurig deals that circle the internet, this tip is an important one to use.

5. Create a System for Your Plastic Tupperware

Have you ever misplaced the lid to one of your Tupperware bowls? Buying containers for your lids and assigning a spot for each one can prevent that from happening again.

6. Separate Utensils

Keep silverware in its own container, keep a few of your go-to utensils on the counter, and place the rest into a drawer. Use different organization tools to keep that one drawer you throw everything into under control.

Remember, there’s no reason to keep your ice cream scoop in the same container as the meat mincer — unless you’d like to of course.

If you have space, keep different categories of utensils inside different drawers. Knives can go in one drawer while wooden spoons, ladles, and anything of the like can go into another.

7. Containers are Your Friend

Just like you have an organizer for your cutlery, you can also opt to take that route for other elements in your kitchen, and even in other spaces in your home.

In your bathroom, use containers to separate makeup, toiletries, and even extra things you keep on hand like toothpaste, toilet paper, or even body soap.

8. Store Appliances

If you have extra deep drawers that you don’t know what to do with, place small appliances inside them. Anything from your blender, food processor, crockpot, and even random mixing bowls that you’ve never quite found a home for. Purchasing a deep drawer organizer can also help in this venture.

Don’t have deep drawers? Dedicate a specific cabinet to your small appliances and place pull-out shelves on the inside.

Take taller appliances apart for easy storage.

9. Separate Clothes

Drawer organization doesn’t only have to happen in your kitchen. Buying drawer separators and other organizers for your clothing is a great way to keep things separated and organized.

This can even help you create further separation for your clothing if you’re limited in drawer space.

10. Keep Things Where They Belong

Now that you’ve taken the time to declutter and organize all the drawers in your home, it’s time to keep them that way.

Put things back where they belong every time you pull them out. Take the time to make sure things are put back where they belong if you notice clutter starting to build again.

Most importantly, set aside time to go through your drawers 2-3 times a year if you have a habit of accumulating things. Doing so can make a huge impact on the stress you feel over unnecessary clutter, and it can also help you remain organized so you no longer have to dedicate entire weekends to organizing.

Remember These Drawer Organization Ideas

Spending a weekend organizing your drawers may not sound like a fun idea. However, taking these drawer organization ideas into account the next time you’re organizing can save you a lot of time and headache in the future.

Whether you give your home a complete overhaul or opt to empty just a few drawers, it can make an impact on how you feel about your space.

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