I've been on a roll lately making my own custom knife drawer,and then custom silverware and cooking utensil drawers. The rest of my kitchen innards use standard items made for organizing, not quite diy like the rest, but there are a few more little tricks and tips that I would like to share.
The vertical saute' pan drawer is an under-the-sink recycling pull-out drawer. I used standard drawer dividers to separate my pans so they don't scratch and are easy to reach without having to stack and unstack them.
Overhead Cleaning Supplies
Since I have kids, all of my detergents went into an overhead cabinet. It's actually turned out to be a fantastic idea, because everything is now really easy to find because the overhead cabinet is not as deep and at eye level.
For the spice cabinet I purposely put the bottles on top instead of the bottom, so that everything would be "lower" and easier to reach. Had I put the bottles on the bottom, I would have had to go on my tippy-toes to reach the spices!
This little top-holder made it possible to fit many more tops in the same amount of space. Very easy to find and grab the right top!
Coffee & Tea
I made the coffee and tea overhead cabinet above where we will eventually put the coffee maker. I'm a big tea drinker. I used to have access to quite an international tea selection when I lived in San Francisco. But, now that I live in Italy - land of espresso- it is difficult to find local specialty or imported teas. I have resorted to making my own chai spice mix (tastes great!).
Nothing too special here, just the grain & bean, pasta, baking and pantry drawers with normal dividers and dollar-store baskets to help keep everything in it's place.
Yes, we have an obscene amount of olives! Hubby's family from Southern Italy have their own trees so we are always well stocked !