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Finally The Perfect Solution To Inexpensive Drawer Organizers

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The Problem:
I am lucky to have a pretty big kitchen junk drawer that is perfect for storing things like pens and pencils, note cards, scissors, paper clips, lottery tickets that need to be checked and lots of other bits and pieces. My problem is that I wasn't happy with the plastic baskets I bought at the dollar store. They were too light weight and every time I opened the drawer they would all shift and sometimes flop over. So I had to readjust the baskets before I closed the drawer again. The times I couldn't be bothered lining up the baskets the drawer eventually ended up a disorganized mess.
Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
I spent a long time shopping around for pricier drawer organizers but that was the problem for me. They were just not in my budget for the amount I needed. So I came up with my own inexpensive DIY solution!
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
The Solution:
I decided to make my own out of tissue boxes! As luck would have it my husband got quite a nasty flu bug that lasted five days. In no time I had my tissue boxes to repurpose!
This solution worked so well because I could cut the tissue boxes to fit the height of my drawer! I cut longer organizers from the length of the tissue box and smaller ones from the ends. The tissue box cardboard is pretty easy to cut but I did secure the ends of each one with a bit of tape.
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
Then I covered each box with white self adhesive covering. I chose the colour white because it makes the drawer less busy looking compared to if I had used a patterned self adhesive paper.
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
I also made black inserts from cardstock paper for the bottom of each organizer that I covered with a clear self adhesive covering. Now when I have to give it a quick cleaning I can just pull it out and give it a wipe. It also makes the organizer look more finished.
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
I also added one more thing. Remember how I said the plastic baskets and the contents shifted every time I opened the drawer? I decided to connect the organizer with clips to keep things really secure. Now if there is a bit of shifting all I have to do is give it one quick pull.
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
Keeping It Real:
Since I had to make quite a few it did take some time to trim the tissue boxes, cover them and make the inserts for the bottom. I just plopped myself on the living room floor and watched some movies while I worked on the project!
  • finally the perfect solution to inexpensive drawer organizers, organizing
I am super happy with these new inexpensive DIY drawer organizers! I invite you to read the full tutorial on my blog. I can honestly say these are much better than the dollar store variety.

To see more: http://timewiththea.com/2014/04/27/inexpensive-diy-drawer-organizers/

Got a question about this project?

  • Kim flynn
    Kim flynn Veradale, WA

    I've used the boxes that my coffee pods come in as well.

    • Time With Thea

      @Kim flynn What a brilliant idea! The boxes are all the same size and easy to work with. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ldebbert

    I've done this with those boxes your checks come in. Just the right size for pens and pencils in my small desk drawers

  • Terri
    Terri Waipahu, HI

    What a fab idea and you can either find boxes to fit or cut them to fit. This makes so much more sense, especially for us in Hawaii. We don't have dollar stores and the cheapest you can find the "plastic" bins start at .79 cents (don't get excited,

    • Time With Thea

      I am thrilled this idea got you excited! I so agree that it is frustrating finding the right size for the right price. This idea is pretty flexible and definitely a lot cheaper! Thanks for your wonderful feedback!

  • Carol D
    Carol D Tucker, GA

    What a great idea for organizing drawers. Now I know why I kept the five Kleenex boxes I have. I think I will try and use the top also by putting in cardboard to cover the opening. That way it will be a "two fur." >

    • Time With Thea

      Love your "two fur' idea! Placing the laminated card stock in the bottom really makes it a lot sturdier and easier to keep clean. enjoy creating!

  • Lighthsecats

    hadnt thought about using the coffeepod boxes! also, I get cat food by the case, they are quite sturdy....will be using those too (already use them in my cupboards to put canned goods, snacks, etc. ) that way I dont have to change out shelf paper!

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