Objects Of Design #333: Drawer Store

drawer store by Joseph Joseph
drawer store by Joseph Joseph

There’s no doubt that one of these is a very useful object, even a necessity for a cutlery drawer, but have you thought of buying a second one for that drawer of tat? I know you’ve got one. Everyone has. That drawer, perhaps in the kitchen table, or the second one down in the cabinets that just has all the rubbish crammed into it – batteries, string, stamps, old watches, that Lego head you picked up and thought it had better go somewhere safe as you couldn’t quite be bothered to go upstairs at that precise moment … sound familiar? Yes, I thought it might.

Buy another one of these and put it in the drawer and then have a compartment for the batteries, another for the needle and thread, one for the spare keys and another for rubber dinosaur. My kitchen table is an old art school table and has two enormous, but shallow, drawers underneath. I once spent a very happy morning arranging all the tupperware boxes for which I couldn’t find the lids (as well as a sock monster who nicks random socks out of the washing machine every week, there’s also a tupperware lid monster) into this drawer and depositing all the random bits of tat into specific boxes. I can’t tell you how satisfying it was and what’s more, some five years later, the system is still in place.

It looked a bit like this, only this is a kit of lidless tupperware boxes that you can buy in a set.

tidy up those drawers
tidy up those drawers from £15

I know you can buy similar ideas for underwear drawers but that’s never going to work for me. I need the clutter organising, the tat that can’t find a home anywhere else. The stuff that we all need to have but can’t find a handy way of storing.



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Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. THAT is a brilliant idea!! In our house we have several Man drawers packed with rubbishy stuff which you always have to rummage through to find a spent battery………- but we also have a few drawers (believe it or not) which are not being used logically. Not in the kitchen etc. . So – here we go. Cheers Kate! x

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