It’s been almost a few years since this post was first published and thought it was time for an update. These DIY drawer organizers are brilliant and they work well if you are looking to save some money and want something cute. However, the durability of them didn’t last as long as I would’ve liked. The paper started to come off the boxes and some of the flimsier boxes started to rip.
With the junk drawer ever changing, we needed a new system in place with organizers that were going to last. Before I set off to buy something new, I always go to my bin where I keep organizers that aren’t being used. There are plenty of times where I’ve thought do I really need to keep these organizers, it’s just a bin taking up space but there are too many times this bin has resourceful.
One thing in the organizing bin were these plastic drawer organizers that I found that come in a set of three different sizes. I originally purchased them to use them for our kids clothing for their closet shelves in their bedrooms. At the time, my daughter was two and my son was just a baby. These organizers worked out great for them because their clothes were so small. As they grew, their clothes grew and they eventually outgrew the organizers. I really didn’t have use for them anywhere in the house so I put them in the organizing supply bin. There were plenty of times that I thought I should just get rid of these. Thankfully I didn’t get rid of them.
We learned through having young children what we really can keep in that drawer. It’s really been trial and error which is basically parenting 😉 They were constantly getting pens out of the drawer so we had to finally move those among other things. The drawer has stayed pretty consistent for the past six months or so.
Here’s what we keep in the drawer now:
- Label Maker. The way that this is positioned in there it’s tough for the kids to get to and since I use it frequently I wanted it in an easily accessible place.
- Sticky Pad Notes. The kids really don’t have a desire to get to these either. They are easy to grab when needed.
- Chargers & USB cords. We are like many households and have a few smartphones and tablets. We also hang onto the older chargers even though new ones come in the boxes when we get new devices.
- Computer Hard Drive Back-ups. We really didn’t have a good place to store these and could never find them when we needed them. Plus the kids don’t enjoy playing with these because there’s nothing to them 🙂
- Flash Lights & Small Tools. Even though the kids like playing with the flashlights, we do have them here because of convenience and know where we can always find them. We also have a screwdriver and measuring tape here as well because we frequently use those.
- Headphones. We were always in search of headphones and could never find them. We have them here now so we know where to find them. They are also sorted into individual compartments to help from them getting all tangled up.
Here’s how you can get your junk drawer organized:
- Clear It Out. Completely empty out the drawer. You want to start with a clean space.
- Sort and Toss. Put similar items in the same piles and toss what you don’t need.
- Strategize Your Items. After you have sorted out your piles, decide what you really need to keep in there. If you find yourself always searching for something put it in your junk drawer.
- Put Your Items in Organizers. Drawer organizers work the best. If you want to make your own, the steps are listed below. I would highly recommend using boxes from Costco or Sam’s club, something that is more durable than cereal boxes.
- Arrange Your Items. Put the organizers back into the drawer to your liking and how you find it to be best functional.
Here are the drawer organizers we use in our drawer:
Original post starts here (3/24/15)…
Most people have a junk drawer. It’s the one drawer typically in the kitchen where everything gets thrown into. Searching for items usually requires items being moved and pushed around to see if that item can be found. Time is usually wasted and frustration starts to set in. I’ve tried various drawer organizers and none of them could to get the job done. I’d been racking my brain trying out to figure this one out and was at a total dead end. Then I saw this post from Jen at iheartorganizing.com.
I loved how the drawer looked, it was pretty and the standard drawer organizers weren’t being used so I had to give this a try. The best part of this whole project was, no organizers had to be bought. #savings #yay
Here’s how you can turn your junk drawer into something functional.
1. Compile 5-6 empty food boxes (this can take few days or a week). These can be from cereal, fruit snacks, dish soap box, etc. Costco boxes typically work the best for this because they are more sturdy and durable. The quickest way to compile all of these boxes is to actually make a Costco run and unpack the food boxes when you get home. For example, buy a box of Fiber One bars, once you get home take out all the bars and storage them in a bin or basket. Do this with a few more items and you’ll have your boxes very quickly.
2. Cut down the boxes to smaller sizes. You’ll want to have some idea which items are going into that particular box because how low you cut the box will be contingent on those items. Use a box cutter took, it’s much easier than trying to use a scissors. Use a ruler to make a straight line to assist with cutting down the boxes because you can wing it but it doesn’t come out as straight… Trust me 😉
3. Wrap it with pretty paper. This is where the pretty comes into play, use wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper to give the boxes a fun design. Wrapping these boxes can be a bit tricky so you’ll want to make sure you have 3-4 sheets of the same paper print. Use double-sized tape for scrapbooking, scotch tape isn’t going to cut it.
4. Put the boxes in the drawer. Arrange all the boxes in the drawer first before putting in the items. You’ll want the drawer configured the way you like it before filling it up.
Just like that your junk drawer is not only organized but it’s pretty and you’ll get a smile on your face when you open the drawer 🙂 These boxes can really be used anywhere, it doesn’t just have to be a junk drawer. They can be used for an office drawer or for storing crayons for a kids room. I tend to keep a few of these boxes on hand and you’d be surprised how frequently they end of being used. I really like this concept as a storage solution because you don’t have to go buy organizers.
Here’s the Before and After.
Do you have a junk drawer? Do you try to organize it?