Clutter. Junk. Stuff. We all have it. I know there is a lot of excess in our home that I’m constantly trying to cull and I’m sure your house is exactly the same. You may have seen my guest post on the Lylia Rose blog about how you can make money by selling all your excess in various ways.
But today, I’m working on the assumption that you’ve culled your excess already. And what you need to do now is organise what’s left.
What’s in your junk drawer?
Don’t try denying it! I know y’all have a junk drawer. You know, that place where you dump things when you don’t have a designated place for them. I can tell you exactly what’s in my junk drawer…stickers, post-it notes, pens & sharpies, sellotape, scissors, measuring tapes and various other oddities.
I try to tell myself that it’s my ‘stationary’ drawer but, in reality, it’s where stuff goes when I don’t know where else to put it.
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How much time could you save?
I used to get so annoyed rummaging through this drawer trying to find what I wanted. Every time I needed something I would remind myself that I needed to organise it better. But then I would look at all the pretty drawer organisers and boxes and dividers and, being the frugal mamma that I am, refuse to spend so much money just to organise a drawer.
Until one day I thought, why don’t I just make my own drawer dividers?
You don’t need to spend anything to create an organised space
Yes, those expensive organisers and boxes are lovely and pretty and maybe one day I will decide to splash out. But for now, I’m happy with my simple homemade ones. They do the job perfectly and I no longer need to rummage when I need something. Less rummaging means less frustration, which makes me happy!
Do you own cardboard and scissors?
That’s a rhetorical question by the way! I know you own cardboard and scissors. EVERY household has cardboard and scissors lying around somewhere. If you’re anything like me and do a lot of your shopping online (*cough cough* amazon *cough cough*) then there is likely an excess of cardboard the majority of the year.
With the run up to Christmas now on (if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, head over to my Facebook group where we’re already talking about ways to cut and spread the cost of Christmas shopping) I’m sure the boxes will be arriving in droves. So now is the perfect time to utilise all that excess cardboard and use it to do some organising.
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Here’s what you need to do…
So, you’ve got your cardboard and scissors. Now what?
- Empty everything out of the drawer.
- Measure the drawer and work out how many dividers you want/need.
- Cut your cardboard strips.
- Work out where the strips will intersect, then cut half way into the width at that point (upwards on one strip, downwards on the other).
- Slot all the cardboard together, using the cuts you’ve just made.
- Pop your new divider into the drawer.
- Fill up the newly formed compartments with all your ‘junk’!
You can even make it pretty, still without spending a penny!
I know cardboard isn’t the most attractive, especially when you compare it to some of the lovely organisers out there. Seriously, take a look at Abby Lawson’s latest organising project. I love how she manages to make everything in her home look immaculate!
You won’t manage to recreate exactly the same look for free. But you can definitely improve on the bland and boring cardboard with other items you’ll have lying around your house.
All you need is some wrapping paper, scissors and sellotape. That’s it. Simply cover the cardboard in wrapping paper and that’s your junk drawer instantly brightened up. Just make sure to wrap it BEFORE making any of the cuts, or it’s gonna get a bit messy and complicated.
Supplies needed for this DIY project:
- Cardboard (grab one of those Amazon boxes before it reaches the recycling bin).
- Measuring tape
- Wrapping paper (optional)
- Sellotape (optional)
All you need to do is measure your drawer, work out how many dividers you want/need, cut your cardboard, wrap it (optional) and slot it into place. Then you fill the newly formed spaces with all your oddities et voila. You are now the proud owner of a beautifully organised junk drawer.
I’d love to hear (and see!) how you get on after following this tutorial. It’s so simple but I’m sure it will make things a whole lot easier for you. Happy organising!