When it comes to kitchen utensil storage, you really only have two options: standing up in containers on the counter or laid flat in drawers. Both have their drawbacks.
But what if you had a third option? Turn things on a diagonal!
Most drawers and organizers for utensil and kitchen gadget storage have trays with horizontal or vertical slots. Although that's fine, it isn't always the most efficient way to store longer items.
This diagonal insert from MasterBrand Cabinets' Diamond Cabinets is a much better design and more practical solution! Storing long utensils diagonally makes smarter, more efficient use of drawer space.
You can also go the DIY route and make this kind of drawer organizer yourself. Look for thin, flat pieces of wood at your local craft store in the aisle with the balsa wood and other woodworking craft supplies. These will be easy to cut to length for each drawer. Attach them to the side of the drawer with E-6000 glue (silver tube in the adhesive aisle).
If you're worried about doing permanent damage to the drawer, you could always place an inexpensive ruler or additional piece of wood inside first and glue the dividers to that.
→ See instructions from a reader who tried this: Diagonal Drawer Dividers at eHow
Updated from post originally published February 2012.