The top 4 questions about cutlery storage, answered

Proper kitchen organisation starts from the inside out. If what’s lurking on the inside is chaos, the outside doesn’t matter. This counts for even your most inconspicuous items, such as kitchen utensils and cutlery. It’s time to delve deep into the depth of your drawers and find out exactly how to store your cutlery effectively for a small space.

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Should I throw my extra cutlery away?

Way before you can even consider rearranging your cutlery storage, you need to cut the fat. Drawers have a tendency to attract all manner of kitchen tools and unused cutlery items. Think deep and hard about which items you actually use, and donate the rest to charity. Unused drawer items only add to the clutter and mental strain.

When should I organise my cutlery drawer?

If you’re planning a full scale kitchen renovation, don’t wait until after it’s complete before thinking about your organisational needs. Paying some attention to how you want to store your cutlery and utensils beforehand will go a long way in ensuring a better outcome.

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How big should my cutlery drawer be?

Most standard cutlery trays aren’t very wide. Eating utensils are used on a daily basis, but they really don’t need much space. A drawer of between 25 – 30cm is the ideal size for your cutlery items without having to share space with wooden spoons and whisks.

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How do I store cutlery in deep drawers?

Simple. Create layers. Get hold of a built-in drawer divider system, or use a layered drop-in unit. A tiered organiser allows you to establish compartments that are smaller than any individual drawer. This simple trick keeps contents separated and organised.

Small kitchens require more thought than kitchens with an abundance of space. A little planning can go a long way in making sure you end up with a space that’s functional, uncluttered and most importantly, fun to be in. For more inspiration on optimising a small kitchen space, check out the small kitchen gallery.