1. Start with the basics: silverware. I like to put silverware in an upper small drawer close to the dishwasher, if you don't have a dishwasher then close to the sink, if you don't have a sink...well, this ideabook may not interest you :) It's all about ease of clean up and putting items away when it comes to silverware...if there's an island, then I sometimes put the silverware drawer in the island, but still a pivot away from the dishwasher or main sink. If you're dealing with an existing kitchen, run out and buy a silverware organizer... and I'm a big fan of containers that look nice even inside closed drawers — they'll make you happy when you open them. The most frustrating thing about poorly designed kitchens (or anything for that matter) is that you spend time searching for things in vain). Here, the obvious spot is the small drawer to right of the sink.