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5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

by | Jun 18, 2014 | Creative Before & After, Decorating Inspiration, my house, My Kitchen, Organization

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5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

In January I shared my home goals for the year, which basically were to go room by room, space by space and address the function and organization of each area of my home. That meant possibly adding new furniture or built ins but also addressing the smaller details like adding hooks and the organization of drawers and other spaces of the home.

It was a lofty goal to consider the function of the entire house, but I’ve found that by shooting high I am much more likely to make noticeable progress! :) I may not get to every space I dreamed about, but at least I will be further along than I was when I started the year.

After living here for five years now (woot! I’ve crossed over into a personal record for living in one house without plans to move!!) I finally feel like I am able to focus on the finer details of my home’s function. I know how we live in this house. I know where the messes and clutter happens. I know why. And because I am well aware of what doesn’t work, I can work on finding solutions that change how we live in our home.

5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

And as I have paid more attention to improving the function, I’m also enjoying that it is translating into a more lovely, serene and “put together” feeling in every room! I’m quite pleased with how the house is coming together this year in so many ways.

Even though I know I’ve been working on it for five years so it really isn’t an overnight process, this phase is super fun for me because changes are much more visible and come together more quickly than they did earlier on.

You’ve seen in some rooms this year that I am adding functional furniture to transform a few rooms (particularly in the gathering room and the family room). It’s been amazing to me how a new cabinet changes so much about how a room feels! I’ll share more about the progress in another post.

But today I just wanted to share a simple five minute makeover that made me so happy!

5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

For years my kitchen drawers just looked like that photo, above. That was taken before I remodeled the kitchen, but it has pretty much been like that every since. Not terrible at all, it was just very casually organized. Which is fine, of course, but I just took it one step further.

It occurred to me this week that with just a little rearranging, I could organize our baking drawer to be a little more lovely by just using what we had around the house.

5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

I didn’t have to go out and buy anything, make anything new, or set up any elaborate organizational system! I just had to think creatively.

An old unused basket corralled some random accessories in the drawer. My cute measuring cups could hold muffin papers. And a three section serving dish we only use on occasion would be a perfectly charming sorter for measuring spoons. That’s it. Easy as PIE.

Now I smile every time I open my baking drawer.

It just took a few minutes to add a little more beauty to a drawer we use on a regular basis, simply by using what we had in a creative new way! Quick little projects like this keep me inspired and motivated!

Isn’t it fun to organize and beautify one drawer and enjoy almost instant satisfaction?

Here’s a quick challenge for you! Find one drawer to work on this week and make it prettier than it was!

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5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}


  1. Megan

    Love this little project! It looks so organized and cheerful, and I love that you used items you already owned!

  2. Jen

    Amazing how beautiful you can make something as simple as a baking drawer. :) Love it!

  3. Megha

    Lovely blog and awesome ideas. adding you to my circles dear.

  4. Melinda

    I am not good in organizing and my baking drawer is beyond messy. Your post really gives me an idea too rearrange my baking drawer. It’s really a creative and simple way.

  5. Heidi

    I desperately need to re-organize my baking drawer. I’m still trying to find a cutlery tray that will fit for my every day utensils and the old tray is taking up far too much room in my baking drawer right now.

  6. Faith

    Small tasks like organizing often used drawers brings peace and a sense of accomplishment. I love it when organizing comes together without having to take a trip to the store. Using what you already have adds to the accomplishment. Well done!

  7. Lisa

    Our home is very organized, but it’s all about reorganizing for me. With growing children, another on the way, and changing lives, I enjoy reorganizing to keep up with our family. Last month, that meant a complete overhaul of our 8 year old’s closet, who no longer used or wanted most of his toys.  A few days ago, some simple tweaking in the closet where we store our games (board games, playing cards) made a huge difference. It only took 5 minutes, but now the games we play most often are the easiest to access. Reorganizing definitely makes me happy!

  8. laura

    Love this- you didn’t have to buy any organizational “systems”- just used what you had! Love it! laura

  9. Maryanne

    Inspiring me! Can you tell me what your countertops are? love them.

  10. Debbie

    Thanks for the gentle nudge to tackle this myself. It’s a constant process this reorganizing. Where did you find the wooden iPad cradle? Love that! I’ve been using an easel from the dollar store but this cradle would take up so much less space on the counter.

  11. sandyc

    I think a big key to reorganizing is your focus. In your case, Melissa, it was reorganizing your baking drawer (a smaller focus). In Lisa’s case, it was redoing a closet (a larger focus). Too small a focus and you “move the same pile from one spot to another” and too large a focus such as “reorganizing my house finally” and you get overwhelmed. The most frustrating advice I’ve seen was in a declutter calendar from a simplicity/decluterring website. The calendar gave an activity for each day such as “Monday – sort 1 drawer in the kitchen”, “Tuesday – sweep the patio”, “Wednesday – clean the master bath toilet”, etc. It might be a week or two before you were instructed to sort another drawer in the kitchen. Not a clever plan when you found 2 of something in that kitchen drawer you sorted and you knew you had a 3rd and maybe a 4th of the same thing somewhere else in the kitchen. It is a “goals to be accomplished” thing and it takes time, but it sure feels good when it’s done.

  12. Amy D

    Hi! I’m new to your blog and love it! I recently designated a wide drawer in my kitchen as a baking drawer, too, and love having all my baking gear in one space. Yours is lovely! Look forward to reading more of your blog!

  13. Debra

    I love the way you used your three section serving dish to organize your measuring spoons. This past weekend I finally started to tackle my garage. There are so many boxes of stuff in there, that I can’t even remember what’s in them!! It felt great to start going through them and throw things out. I’m having the first of many garage sales this next weekend, and the rest will go to the GoodWill. There is still a long way to go, but at least I have started and am not just complaining about it:)
    A little organization can give you some piece of mind!

  14. Abby

    where did you get the adorable whale plate?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I actually got it at a shop in Poulsbo, Washington called Modern Mercantile. We have a different whale plate in my office, though, that can be found online here if you’re interested!:

  15. Victoria | the Maypop

    Now I’m “inspired”…and it’s a drawer with all of our coffee stuff that I need to tackle. Thanks for the nudge. I’m going to add it to my to-do list.

  16. Pamela Sandall

    Slightly off topic topic, but I’m crushing a little bit on your drawer pulls. Any recollection of where you purchased them?


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