Who made a New Year’s resolution to get more organized? Me! Every year I try and tackle something new! This year I decided it was time to tackle my bathroom drawers! One thing I have learned the hard way is that if you don’t have a place for everything, and everything doesn’t have a place, you will never stay truly organized! With that being said it was time to find a good drawer organizer!
Organization is definitely something I struggle with. When we first moved in I bought plastic kitchen silverware organizers. Unfortunately, my bathroom drawers were bigger than the organizer and I ended up with an overflow of mess. I searched online for adjustable drawer organizer and found these three choices that would definitely work for my drawers but, of course I needed to explore a d0-it-yourself option before making the purchase.
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This is how I shop for a project idea. I head to Home Depot (or wherever) and I start with the material ideas I have in my head. Then I roam… Yes, roam! For my drawer organizer I knew I wanted thin wood pieces. I started with lattice pieces that I had used before on my Map Drawer Dresser. It would work fine, but was a little pricey for the number of drawers I wanted to do. Then I looked at poplar wood strips, those were cheaper. That’s when the roaming began. Let’s see, what other projects might use thin wood pieces? I headed to the deck section and there they were, long thin wood strips…. 8ft strips for 97 cents! Winner! You will have to be careful when choosing your boards, some of the ones I looked at were warped.
DIY Wooden Drawer Organizer Supplies:
- Deck Fill-it strips or comparable
- Wood Glue (This is the only one I would use for this project)
- Spray Paint
- Clamps (make sure they are long enough for your drawers)
- Saw (This is my favorite saw for projects like this)
DIY Wooden Drawer Organizer Instructions:
Step 1) Take your drawer out and clean it well with a degreaser. This is one of my favorites.
Step 2) Using a sturdy tape measure, find the width and length of the drawer from the inside. My drawer is 17 1/4 x 12″.
Step 3) Cut boards to make a box. I wanted my organizer to be removable for easy cleaning. For my drawer I cut 2 boards 17″ for the length of the drawer.
Step 4) Lay the length boards in the box and measure the width. I cut 2 boards 11 1/2″ for the width. Lay boards in drawer to check fit.
Step 5) Decide how many compartments you need and measure the length of the insides of the box to get measurement for length boards. For my drawer this measurement was 16 5/16″.
Step 6) Divide you drawer organizer to fit your needs and measure each individual width between your length boards and cut to fit. For the above drawer I cut 3 x 16 5/16″ boards. My cross measurements were 6 x 3 6/16″, 2 x 2 7/16 and 2 x 1 1/4″.
Diva Tip: Remember you can always shave a little off but you can not add to your boards. I always error slightly longer and then shave off as needed.
Step 7) Lightly sand each board.
Step 8) Lay board out in the arranged pattern.
Step 9) Put a bead of glue on the ends of each board.
Step 10) Begin piecing your drawer organization box together. Start with the outside box first.
Diva Tip: The box is easier to put together if you glue and clamp the outside box first until it dries.
Step 11) Glue the insides of your box together by starting on one side and working your way to the other. (For the drawer organizer above I cut 2 x 16 5/16″, 4 x 3 6/16″, 1 x 3 7/8, 1 x 8″).
Step 12) Clamp the drawer organizer in several places and allow glue to dry. Notice I placed most of the clamps in places that the entire board went from end to end.
Step 13) Spray paint the drawer organizer in the color of your choice.
I am very excited to have a fresh new start! Having custom made compartments to fit my needs perfectly is going to help me keep things nice and tidy which makes me happy and helps me start my day off right!
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