Home organization can feel like a huge project, and with all of the organizing products on the market- it can also be a huge expense! Aaron (from MrFixItDIY.com) and I created a simple way to get started, one drawer at a time- for $10 or less.
On a recent episode of our podcast we sat down with Kat Pettey of Neat Method who stressed the importance of everything having it’s own space. She inspired us to DIY a drawer organizer that would create more functional drawers in any room of the house. We started with my coffee/tea drawer.
I love swinging this drawer open to offer guests tea, or let them treat themselves to goodies for their coffee. It really is true that when everything has a space, you’re motivated to keep things neat.
Here’s how we did it (INSTRUCTIONS START AT 1:05):
- Clean out the drawer you want to organize.
- Measure the dimensions of the inside of the drawer.
- Plan out where you want your dividers to be.
- We used some inexpensive “1 by 3” boards that you can get at any hardware store.
- Measure and mark where you need to cut the boards for the outside frame of the organizer.
- Remember to account for the width of your board in your measurements so the frame still fits in the drawer!
- Using painters tape to hold the boards together creating a corner. Apply wood glue to the edges of the joint and tape the frame together to allow the glue to dry in place.
- Make sure each corner is square before the glue drys or it won’t fit inside the drawer!
- You can check to make sure it’s square by measuring both diagonals. They should be the same!
- Now you can start measuring the inside of your frame and putting in dividers!
- It’s very easy: Measure, mark, cut, glue.
- However you decide to layout your drawer will determine how many cuts you need to make
- Make sure your cuts are straight and accurate for the best looking final product.
- Once the glue has dried you’re ready to slide the organizer into the drawer and fill it up!
- If you want, you can also paint the organizer to add a nice contrast to the inside of your drawer!
- Now, as Kat suggested, everything has a home!
For our full interview with Kat and more tips and tricks, listen to our podcast HERE!