Use Magazine Files to Corral Clutter in Kitchen Drawers

updated May 2, 2019
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There are some things in the kitchen that just defy organization, and plastic bags are one of the biggest offenders. Filled with bulk spices or waiting to hold sandwiches, these bags seem to spill out of whatever container we put them in. But we think we’ve found the perfect solution.

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Laid on their backs, magazine files are just slim enough to fit in my kitchen drawers. I started out using one to keep my re-used plastic baggies contained and organized, and then quickly realized that a second file could be used to store my back-up bags of bulk spices.

I like that these files have holes in the sides so that I can see through to the spices crammed toward the back. This way, I don’t always have to dump the entire file out onto the counter to find the one spice I’m looking for.

If you have more cupboard space than drawer space in your kitchen, you could keep the files upright and squeeze them into an empty nook. You could also use empty cereal or cracker boxes instead of buying magazine files if you don’t have any spare ones handy (mine were leftover after a recent magazine purge!).

I’ve been using these files to keep my drawers organized for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it. Do you do something similar to keep your drawers organized?

Related: Organize This! Help for the Junk Drawer