Why not get your kitchen organized from the inside out? With a couple of lengths of 1" wood, plastic drawer liners and a little hot- glue you can make custom drawer inserts for just a few dollars!
The most time-consuming part of this project is making the design. Then, just have the wood pieces cut to size (if you don't have a little saw handy the home-store will usually cut the pieces for you at little or no cost!) and hot-glue them into place! I stumbled upon this easy assembly when I was originally planning to just temporarily anchor the wooden slats with glue before screwing each one through the back of the drawer. It turns out that the hot-glue fused with the plastic drawer liner and created a very strong hold - so need for reinforcements!
Silverware Sorter Drawer
A space for medium and mini dessert forks. Also, a slot for butter knives and tea thingies!
To make this drawer, first make the silverware compartment, then cut pieces of wood to fit the rest of the empty space.
Cooking Utensil Drawer
I used to have all of these things in a vase, but now that I've gone minimalist and have the extra space I stuck them all in a drawer. Before the dividers, with daily use, everything would slowly migrate to the middle and tangle.
To make this drawer, measure the length of your longest utensil to determine the location of the horizontal divider.
A safe haven from children for all of your sharp things. Slots for steak knives, cheese knives, chef, bread, mezzaluna and other large specialty knives. The last slot is for the sharpening rod (or whatever it's called). Skewers get tucked on the side opposite of zesters, baller, peeler and a cork screw. I originally wrote an excruciatingly detailed description here about how the idea came to me and how I made it... but let's just cut to the drawer photos, no?
To make this drawer, I measured the blades and handles of my steak knives first. I put the right amount of slots and then I measured the longest blade of my large knives and used my widest blade as a spacer while gluing and made as many large-knife slots as the drawer would allow. Note that there is a taller handle rest for the larger knives and a little notch at the top of this to fit the sharpening rod.
Want to read more? Wait for my next post on Shine in a couple of weeks or see what I am writing right now at lapsus humanus.