September 18, 2020  

How to Organize Kids’ Dishes In A Drawer


Organize kids’ dishes, plates, And cups in a lower drawer where they can reach them! Young kids will love being able to help by setting the table and unloading the dishwasher.

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I recently moved my toddler’s dishes to a drawer in my kitchen, which has worked great because it’s within her reach. She loves to help unload the dishwasher and set the table now. When it comes to organizing kids’ dishes, the key has been to keep it simple–after all, it’s a kids’ space!

Organizing this island drawer was a quick project that made a big difference in our day-to-day routine. I tried a few different arrangements and the final configuration has worked really well! There’s just something about decluttering + tidying up a space that feels good.

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How to organize kids’ dishes

Organizing kids’ dishes can seem daunting. Lids get misplaced, parts get lost, cups of milk get left in the toy box only to be found hours later. Organizing them in a space that is convenient makes a big difference. When you know what you have and what belongs where, it’s much easier to see what’s missing, in use, or available.

Here’s how I organized my toddler’s dishes, snack containers, and water bottles.

Step 1 – Gather Up All The dishes

Round up all of the children’s’ dishes you have and gather them in one location.

Step 2: Purge the dishes

Sort through all of the items and categorize them however works best for you. Create two additional piles – one for items to toss, and one for items to donate. If you find unnecessary duplicates, broken dishes, or cups missing lids, designate them to one of those piles.

Step 3: Clean & Line Your Drawer

While the drawer or cupboard you’ll be using is empty, wipe it clean. I also like to lay down a piece of drawer liner or removable wallpaper that I cut to the size of my drawer using my Cricut rotary cutter. You can find the wallpaper I used here.

Step 4: Organize!

Place the dishes in the drawer and rearrange them until you find an arrangement that fits and functions well. Two organizers I used during this step were this drawer divider and this small container for the silverware. Doesn’t it look great?


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