Hello Annie. For me, I prefer a silverware drawer to a storage
container I'd have to fetch, open, select from and then put away after the dishes were washed. Sounds like too much work to me! My silverware drawer in the galley
is next to the sink and holds all utensils along with lots of other things. At the bottom of the drawer is a work rag folded to drawer dimensions and then some to cushion (and it makes dusting the drawer easy)
The drawer is longer than it is wide so all the big stuff (spatula, potato masher, slotted spoon, ladle, hand mixer, etc.) run lengthwise. The knives are tucked into the side blade down under the skewers to the far right.
Across the front are two layers running cross-wise. The bottom has the extra spoons, forks and knives for when company comes over. Then my linen napkins. On top of those are the utensils I use all the time: knife, fork, spoon, mini-spatula, tongs and stove lighter.
That's it -- everything is tidy, has it's own spot and is the best of... meaning I don't have two potato mashers, just one. I do have a couple of big knives, but one of all the essentials.... This past autumn I realized I hadn't used my garlic press for some time and was on a Morgan41 where the wife used garlic in everything -- now grandma's garlic press has a new home where it will be used regularly.
Bring everything (the best one of) and eliminate as you cruise
what won't work for you. I like drawer storage. For me, I want everything stowed out of the way so that if I get waked it won't matter. Storage outside a container of some sort might attract dust/spots so for me hidden is best for that reason too.
Good luck. And good luck.
P.S. - Nothing rattles (the rag at the bottom solves the slide/noise issue) and the couple of glass items (measuring dripper, straw) in the drawer are unbroken.
Also (thread drift) save your empty spice jars, especially those with the bigger holes. They make excellent containers for growing lentils in small batches. Next on my galley
agenda is to find an attractive spice rack so that I can stow them neatly while underway.