Sometimes, as you’re trying to get your house ready for the fall season, time is short but the Needs list is long. This DIY is the perfect answer if you have a drawer, or several, that are in serious need of organizing. Using nothing but cardboard, you can create some DIY drawer dividers in a matter of minutes that will solve your drawer-mess woes. It’s a simple solution, and here’s the step-by-step if you’re interested.
How to Make a Cardboard Drawer Organizer – Step By Step
First, determine which drawer needs organizing. For this example, it’s the sock drawer. Athletic, dress, casual, winter, and cozy socks cohabitate in this drawer. Which makes it nearly impossible to find the pair one needs in a timely manner.
Begin by completely emptying the drawer.
Cut four strips of cardboard that are precisely the height of the inner part of your drawer. Basically, you want the cardboard tall enough to thoroughly organize without impeding the open/close function of the drawer itself.
Determine the layout of your drawer dividers that will organize its contents most efficiently. In this instance, we took into account the size of the pairs of socks in length and width.
This became the plan for the drawer dividers: two horizontal dividers, with one dividing the back half of the drawer, and two vertical dividers spaced evenly.
Measure the lengths you need, then cut the lengths of cardboard. In this example, you’ll need two “vertical” and two “horizontal” lengths.
On one of the longer (horizontal) cardboard strips, use the box cutter to cut thin strips halfway down the cardboard. These strips should be at the point of intersection, in your design, with the “vertical” dividers.
Lay the longer cardboard piece precisely on top of the other, then use the box cutter to cut two more thin strips halfway down at the exact same positions.
Using this same method, cut two thin strips on one of the shorter (vertical) cardboard strips, but cut from the bottom up to the halfway point. Stack, match, then cut the second shorter cardboard in exactly the same places.
You should have cardboard strips (two of each) that look something like this.
Slide the cardboard strips together at the cutout placements.
Flatten the cardboard grid to fit it into the drawer snugly.
Straighten out the cardboard grid in your drawer.
Replace the contents of the drawer into your new DIY drawer dividers. In this instance, the less-used winter socks are placed in the back so they don’t impede everyday access to the much more frequently used socks.
Another tip, when it comes to organizing socks or clothes, is to store them vertically when possible. The second row involves this strategy to a greater extent, because the socks themselves are much shorter and can be “stood” up within the divider.
Organization just makes us happy. Organization that can be accomplished in a few minutes, and for free, should make us ecstatic.
Let’s just go back and remember where we were.
This is so much better. The possibilities for the DIY drawer divider are limitless. This is versatile and useful. Not glamorous. But that’s okay sometimes.
9 More drawer organizers you can do it yourself
Desk drawers are almost always messy and the problem is there’s a lot of small and different items that get thrown in here all the time. Some simple dividers made out of cardstock can solve this issue. They’re more practical than standard drawer organizers because they don’t have fixed shapes and sizes and you can make them in any configuration you want based on the contents of your drawer. Check out the instructions on thecraftingnook.
Every kitchen has that one drawer that’s always full of all sorts of utensils and knick-knacks which is practical but often difficult to keep organized. The solution, as you can probably guess, is to divider the drawer into multiple smaller sections so you can organize the contents into categories based on your own criteria. You can make these dividers yourself out of wood once you’ve come up with a design. On kevinandamanda you can find a detailed tutorial explaining how it’s all done.
Being organized shouldn’t be costly. That’s what so great about drawer dividers. They can made out of all sorts of materials so just use what you have at your disposal. It can be wood, plastic, cardboard and other materials. In all cases you can make dividers that you can then decorate using scrapbooking paper and other supplies just so they look nice and pretty. It’s a lovely way to add some color to your drawers and to make these dividers also serve as decorations. Head over to thehomesihavemade to see how it’s done.
Sometimes cardboard dividers just don’t cut it. They’re ok for office drawers that hold paper clips and other small things but other drawers need something a bit more sturdy and durable. Here’s a wood organizer designed to fit easily into a drawer and to create separate compartments for different items. Since you’re making this from scratch you can play with the dimensions and proportions and potentially modify the compartments based on your specific storage needs. The details of the project can be found on build-basic.
The tutorial from curbly explains how to make two different types of drawer dividers. One is best for small drawers and it helps to divide it into several horizontal compartments. It’s a design that suits kitchen drawers that hold utensils. The other types is meant for larger drawers like those can hold clothes and accessories and it divides them into larger vertical sections. That way you can keep your shirts nice and stacked and separate from the socks and everything else. In both cases the organizers are made of wood.
Having the possibility to reconfigure your drawer dividers and organizers is amazing because it means you can adjust them based on your needs and you can improve your organization system in time. This design from housefulofhandmade makes that possible thanks to wood clips. These hold together and boards the separate the different sections of the drawer and they come in three different styles: T, X and end caps. Get a bunch of these and have fun compartmentalizing.
In case you prefer a more minimalistic design without any clips and visible connectors, you might like the drawer dividers featured on jenwoodhouse. You can make the organizers out of wood or plastic so they match the inside of the drawers and you can come up with different patterns and configurations for each drawer based on the contents stored in it. Larger compartments can be useful for notebooks and documents and smaller ones for tape rolls, paper clips and other office supplies. This can also work for drawers that hold hair clips, jewelry and other similar things.
On top of looking amazing, these drawer organizers from jennifermaker are really easy to make. They’re made out of cardstock and they each have a different color and a cute label marking what type of items go in it. To make them you need tacky glue and you can use the pattern mentioned in the tutorial. This design is particularly great for kids because they look fun and they tech them how to be organized through label suggestions so they can later on learn how to come up with their own storage and organization systems.
Although there are ready-made organizers for kitchen drawers, in particular ones designed to hold silverware, they don’t always fit your own drawers. An organizer that’s too small is no good even if it is more practical than having no organizer at all. If you want to you can improve that by crafting a custom organizer, one that’s perfectly sized and just the way you like it. You’ll need a few basic supplies such as craft wood, glue, some clamps, a tape measure and a miter saw. Check out uglyducklinghouse for instructions and, as always, don’t be afraid to make changes to the design or to use a different style.