Thursday, July 16, 2015

DIY Your drawers!

I am on Limelife Planners today!! Here is my post with an easy DIY for you!

Got messy drawers? Ha ha I couldn't help myself on that one! I have some Alex drawers from Ikea that I love but no matter how much I try to keep them organized or in neat piles the things in them get tossed around with the opening and closing of the drawers or tossing things back in and planning to go back later and tidy them up!

Solution...DIY your own drawer dividers!! With some foam board and a exact knife and a little hot glue we got ourselves a PAARTAY!

First I looked at my drawers which are typically pretty tidy and the neatly stacked piles do not stay that way when I am frantically opening and closing them in the fury that happens in my craft room. 

I am not just a planner gal, I am a crafter so I have all sorts of crafting supplies as well as planning supplies. My planning supplies are not as plentiful as my crafting supplies because I am a newbie with planning (at least the serious planning aka decorating!)

My love for washi tape has really grown and I am now totally obsessed with finding all the pretty washi I can buy (hoard). So that was my utmost important task was having it front and center so I can (cough cough) use it. I measured my overall width and depth of the drawer and then set out to figure what items were important enough to designate a whole divided section in my drawers. So for drawer #1 it was washi and plenty of space for growing. I did a few other drawers with project if cards, large sticky note pads, stamps, page flags and smaller sticky notes.

I figured out the size everything needed to be and just sketched a rough draft of how I was laying it out. It changed once from my original vision because I realized the drawer I planned on having washi in was much deeper so I moved it to a more shallow drawer.

(That is husbands hairy arm NOT mine!) 

I bought several sheets of foam board at the dollar store and cut all the pieces I needed and made sure the height would not be taller than the drawer sides. I marked everything on the foam board and cut with the exacto knife. The good thing is if you mess up foam board is super cheap. I then cut some support pieces to put in between the rows. I just hot glued them in place. I have a high heat glue gun and trust me those pieces aren't going anywhere! You can choose to cut some slits in the pieces to put together in a criss cross manner also.

My husband decided he wanted to help and honestly it took us twice as long to get one drawer done as it did when i worked alone. I mean seriously he mentioned power tools and I thought I was going to die laughing. His idea of what needed to happen was so different than my plan. So I was happy that he decided after the first drawer to partake in a beverage outside so I could take over the project. I managed to do two drawers quickly with Mr. Bossy pants out of the picture.

So hopefully you at least see that with a few dollars and a husband that will leave you alone with your project, a few tools and you can also make your drawers much neater!


Kim H said...

Well I have been MIA ~ I know but I promise I am not missing to much just not commenting! Well glad I caught this one to comment on! First off I am soooo not surprised you are totally organized ~ I wish you would come here! Second silly ~ I knew those hairy arms weren't yours! LOL! FAB job!

Timeless Twine said...

AWESOME idea Deb! I am sooo going to try this!