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Last weekend was a wet one so I had a good opportunity to tackle something that has been bothering me daily, one of my kitchen drawers!  I LOVE drawers, don’t get me wrong.  As a designer I hear a lot of clients enthusiastically request roll out drawers.  It’s almost become a status symbol in the home improvement community.  I say not so fast.  I would take a bank of drawers any day over a cabinet with doors and roll outs.

Roll outs are definitely better than shelves but not as easy access as drawers.

Think of it.  You can open most drawers with one hand.  The roll out alternative requires you to open two doors all the way then slide out the roll out, not very efficient ergonomics.  There is also an aesthetic component.  A bank of drawers can be a nice visual break from a sea of doors.   Anyway, I digress.

We have this one nice bank of drawers 30” wide in my kitchen.  It’s supposed to house plastic containers and stuff like that.  Well with a family of four, including two teenagers, lately it has gotten ridiculous.  Believe me when I tell  you all this was in one drawer.






Yes, this was all in one drawer, not lying.


Who knew we had so many funnels??

A few items for the recycle basket. How many pickle jars does one need?

It only took minutes to empty, sort and re pack.  A few broken pieces and odd lids went into the recycle basket and here’s what we’ve got now, a clean drawer WHERE I CAN FIND EVERYTHING!  Drawers are the best, honestly.





That’s it! Space is a funny thing. It all fit.


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


Pat Flatley

Now the challenge is to keep it that way. That is the same drawer I my house I regularly organize and within days is in disarray again.

Gloria Graham

The sad truth, Pat, just like all housework, it constantly has to be redone! Arrrgghhh!


I agree that drawers much easier than cabinets.One easy pull and its all there before you. Easier to find stuff and easier to re-arrange when in the mood!

You surely did a beautiful job re-organizing!


Ah, a good drawer reorg is supremely satisfying. I love little organizer boxes to keep stuff separated. I much prefer drawers to cabinets. Too bad we had to give up our only bank of drawers in order to have a dishwasher. But I’ve made the most of the one drawer we have left.

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