If you’re like most people in today’s world, then you have a lot of stuff. Don’t feel bad. Most of us own more belongings than we know what to do with!
If you do have a lot of stuff, then chances are that you store at least some of it in drawers.
What you might not know, however, is that there’s an easy way to get your drawers to hold more. That “way” is with drawer dividers.
And, while you could run out and buy some fancy drawer dividers, you’ll find that it’s actually quite easy to make your own DIY drawer dividers.
UNDERSTANDING DRAWER DIVIDERS
If you have never used drawer dividers before, then you may be confused about what, exactly, they are.
Drawer dividers, though, are exactly what they sound like. They are simply little dividers or “sectioners” that go into your drawers and create space that wasn’t there before.
All drawer dividers are different. Some might divide your drawers into tiny boxes. Then, you have dividers that divide your drawers into long, skinny sections.
There are many, many different types of drawer dividers out there, especially when you consider DIY drawer dividers. Thus, you can easily choose or create ones that are perfect for you and your needs.
TRY CUTTING AND DECORATING SOME CARDBOARD
To start off with, one of the easiest ways to make DIY drawer dividers is to get some strong cardboard.
From there, use a box cutter to cut the cardboard into suitable-sized pieces. The sizes you will need will depend on how you intend to separate your drawers.
Obviously, if you want long, thin drawer sections, you will need different cardboard cuts than if you want small squares instead.
Decide what type of dividers you want, do some measuring, and then cut your cardboard accordingly.
If you want, you can just leave the dividers plain. However, most people prefer to decorate them to make them more appealing. If that’s you, don’t be afraid to use your imagination.
One of the best ways to decorate your dividers is with wrapping paper, card paper, or even wall paper. Just choose a pattern you like and apply.
This is a very easy way to get some truly beautiful DIY drawer dividers. Plus, it’s so cheap and easy that if you get tired of one pattern or design, you can easily switch to another whenever you feel like it.
RULERS CAN WORK IN A PINCH
If you want to create DIY drawer dividers but don’t have a lot of time or money, you can try the simple “ruler hack.”
You guessed it. With this hack, rulers act as drawer dividers. They’re actually pretty good at it too since they’re nice and straight. You just have to ensure they fit exactly length-wise so that you get a perfect, snug fit and rulers that don’t fall down all the time.
While some people only use this hack in a pinch, others actually like the way it looks, especially if they decorate the rulers by covering with pretty paper.
After all, no one has to know that you’ve got rulers under that pretty design!
FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE LONG-LASTING, TRY PLEXIGLASS
If you are hoping for DIY drawer dividers that are a little more long-lasting and permanent than rulers or cardboard, you can always use plexiglass.
Plexiglass is fairly strong, definitely strong enough to work as a long-time drawer divider. It is also easy to cut with the right tools, like a glass cutter.
Just like with the cardboard you can cut sheets of plexiglass to size to use as drawer dividers. Use silicone adhesive if needed to join the parts together or to fuse them to your drawer for a more permanent solution.
The finished product should be sleek and clean looking, and you probably won’t even need to decorate since the plexiglass is not super noticeable, which some people prefer.
TRY USING SOME CUTE LITTLE BASKETS
For those who want to do something that looks crafty without having to actually BE super-crafty, baskets are a great suggestion.
You can find adorable mini baskets at stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or even Home Depot or Target. Just make sure you take measurements of your drawers along when you shop so that you can ensure you get the right size baskets and the right number of baskets too.
When you arrange these little baskets into your drawers, you instantly create divided sections. In fact, the sections are so pronounced that they will be super easy to find and use, especially for kids.
In fact, we think the basket idea is great for kids and can easily teach them about organization, grouping like objects together, and having a place for everything. Of course, some grownups out there could use these same lessons too, so baskets can really work for any age.
REPURPOSE JEWELRY BOXES OR OTHER BOXES
Another easy way to create drawer dividers without getting too crafty is to use jewelry boxes or other boxes as drawer dividers. They will function much like the baskets by giving you a clear place to put everything.
If you’re just using basic boxes, then it’s probably a good idea to cover them with pretty paper or paint them so that they won’t look too boring and “blah” as they sit in your drawers.
Keep in mind, too, that all of your boxes don’t have to be the same size. You can make the most of your drawer and truly customize it to your needs by choosing boxes in varying sizes.
PLASTIC BINS CAN DO THE TRICK
If you’re not too keen on the idea of collecting boxes, painting or decorating them, and then fitting them just so into your drawers, don’t worry.
You can always take the easy route and just go with some plastic bins. They will give you a similar look to plexiglass too, so you don’t even have to bother painting them or anything else. Just arrange them in your drawers to your liking, and you’re good to go.
ORGANIZATION TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW
As you can see, there are all kinds of ways that you can organize your drawers and all kinds of ways to make DIY drawer dividers.
However, even if you make the best dividers in the world, they aren’t going to do you much good if you’re not so great at organizing.
That’s why, hopefully, you’ll follow these simple organization tips. If you do, then you can really make the most out of those drawer organizers you created.
STORE ITEMS IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE WHAT THEY ARE
Once you get your drawers all pretty and organized, you’ll probably sit back and admire them for a moment. More than likely, you’ll vow never to make a mess of them again.
For most people, this promise only lasts until the moment they can’t find something. Then, they’re ripping apart their drawers, ruining all their work and organization in the process.
Don’t let this be you. When you store items in your organizers, store them in such a way that you can clearly see where (and what) each item is.
This might mean folding t-shirts facing upward or stacking items across rather than up. However, as long as you can easily find what you’re looking for, you can avoid making big messes and ruining your hard work every time you hunt for something.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO THROW THINGS AWAY
No matter how organized you try to be, chances are things are going to end up in your drawers, from time to time, that don’t belong there.
This is often due to having objects without a real or set place for them to go. You basically have two choices in this scenario. You can either create a place for those objects to go, or you can throw them away.
We all have little junk items that don’t go or fit anywhere, and it’s often best to just toss them. In fact, throwing things away and reducing clutter in your life will make you a lot happier and a lot more organized.
If you just can’t bring yourself to do that, though, then you need to find a place for the item. Remember, the old rule, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Following that will help you a lot on your quest to stay organized.
USE YOUR DRAWER SPACE WISELY
One final rule to keep in mind is to use your drawer space wisely. If you’re like most people, then your drawer space is limited, so make the most of it.
This means not storing items that could go somewhere else in your drawers. Scarves, for example, can easily be hung up or placed on a scarf rack, so you’re better off not putting them in your drawers.
Basically, use your drawers for drawer-only items, and you should get a lot more “bang for your buck” in terms of space.
If you can follow these simple tips and maybe try some of our DIY ideas too, you should end up with great and greatly organized drawers.