Organize and Declutter 2012: Make Your Own Drawer Organizer

This project wasn't on my original to-do list, but when it took me five minutes just to find the paddle attachment to the mixer, I knew I needed to get the cooking utensil drawer organized. 

I don't know how much time I have wasted pushing things around in this drawer and thinking with frustration, "I know it's in here....where is it?!?"

That's probably because it looked like this:




I have tried to organize this drawer many times, but within a few days it was always back to its old self.  I have even considered storing the cooking utensils on the counter, but I didn't want to clutter up the counter space.

After searching Pinterest and the internet, I found that the answer to this organizing problem is a drawer divider.  And since I didn't want to spend $20 to organize just one drawer, I also decided that I could make one!


How to make your own plexiglass drawer organizer:




First, I removed the drawer from the cabinet and took everything out of the drawer.  The items that I decided to keep I put back into the drawer, laying them out the way I wanted to keep them organized.

Then I measured the height and lengths of plexiglass that I would need.







You can purchase plexiglass at most hardware stores and many will even cut it for you.

I put the plexiglass pieces in the drawer and used a pen to mark a line where I needed to glue them together.

Following the lines I made, I used the glue gun to glue the plexiglass together.  To secure the plexiglass well, I glued both sides of each piece.








The result:  An organized drawer where I can quickly and easily find everything that I need!








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13 comments:

Laura@HappyCanadianHome.com said...

I have a messy drawer that could totally use this! Thanks for the idea!

Karyn said...

Wow, that is truly awesome!! Thanks so much! So much better than dirty plastic holders.

Dee said...

That is such a cool idea.
I found you via the linky party.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great idea!

Vanessa said...

I have been using the drawer organizer for about a week and I love it. Who would have thought that such a simple thing could change your life? :)

momto8 said...

when I see that I just think duh? i have been trying to organize my drawers for 25 yrs and never thought of that?!!!!
I am your newer follower..pls follow back if you can.

~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said...

Wow you made your own custom drawer dividers, that is impressive!

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

Wow! That is awesome. I had never thought about making my own organizer, well at least not beyond using odds and ends containers. This is so much better!

Thanks for linking up to our Finished Friday post. We'd love to see more of your projects linked up in the future.

Carrie said...

Love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a great week!

Jenni said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

I just used random boxes I had around. Love the idea of using plexiglass because then you can see EVERYTHING! Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

Jen @ The Social Home said...

That is such a great idea! How much did the plexi cost? Did you have leftovers?

Jen at the Social Home
thesocialhome.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

Jen,

My husband works for a locally owned hardware store and they gave him the plexiglass scraps for free. If you have a locally owned hardware store in your area that sells and cuts plexiglass, you might ask them if they have any scraps that they could give you or sell to you at a discount.

Home improvement stores also sell acrylic sheets. The Home Depot {homedepot.com} and Lowe's {lowes.com} sell clear acrylic sheets for pretty reasonable prices.