Thursday, November 12, 2015

3 Keys Thursday: 3 Ways to Organize a Drawer

Photo: Dodgerton Skillhause via Morguefile
Today's post is actually three riffs on the same theme: drawer organizers. Subdividing drawers  maximizes space, helps to keep drawers neat, and makes it easier to see what you have so that you don't waste money. 

The basic concept behind all three is the same. The variables? Flexibility and cost.

Easiest? The standard, rigid drawer organizer. Usually made of plastic or wood, it has set openings molded into it, so whatever you're organizing has to fit into the pre-set spaces. Good for organizing office supplies and small doodads.
Bamboo drawer organizer

A little more wiggle room: A flexible or expandable organizer like the one at right from The Container Store allows you to adjust the size of the compartments. Good for utensils and wide or oversized items.

Cheap, but some assembly required: Use small gift boxes (the kind used for jewelry) or strips of wood or cardboard to create your own grid. Or, begin with the gift boxes used for shirts and cut the lids to your desired size by cutting up one side, straight across the top and down the other side and placing them beside the intact box bottom to create "sliding" compartments on either side of the box (much like the bamboo organizer at right). If you wish, use decorative duct tape or Washi tape to create visual interest at the top of the grid, or inside it. By making it yourself, you can create compartments that are just the size you want them to be.

Drawer organizers are a great tool for nearly every style. I need to see it people like the visibility, I know I put it somewhere people can see where "somewhere" is, cram and jam organizers have limited choices for cramming and jamming and I love to be busy and drop and run folks benefit from the ease of access and one step organizing.

What drawer do you want to organize?

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