Inside: Tired of messy drawers? Check out this easy to make DIY drawer organizer. It helps you quickly and easily organize your drawers.
I have a had a drawer in the kitchen that was driving me crazy. I felt like it was nearly impossible to organize. Some of my kitchen drawers are smaller and so doesn’t work with most drawer organizers. The ones that did fit in the drawer were just about useless and just slid around in the drawer.
I had just about given up on ever organizing it when I saw a DIY tip someone had used for their desk drawer. I thought it would be easy to adapt to my kitchen drawer and organize it. It works great in just about any sized drawer and will help keep your drawers well organized. If you have been looking for that perfect solution check out this easy to make DIY drawer organizer.
You can see below how messy and unorganized my drawer was before I made the drawer organizer. I had a bamboo box that was doing nothing to organize it. I donated the cheese grater that was in the drawer and the bamboo box. My plastic strainer was broken so I bought a new one and threw out the old one.
If you are getting ready to organize a drawer I always recommend going through the drawer and getting rid of what you don’t need.
Next, to make the DIY drawer organizer you will need binning strips, wood slats, and drawer liner if you wish to line the drawer. You can get binning strips at Rockler or on Amazon. Binning strips come in different sizes, so you can buy taller or shorter ones if you need to fit any drawer. The binning strips above come in a 5 foot length and are plastic so easy to cut with scissors. They have an adhesive back to attach to drawers.
Your wood slats should also be around the same height as your strips and the most important part is you want you wood slats to fit in the slots of the binning strips. I bought a poplar board that was 1/4″ thick and 2 1/2 ” tall to work with the binning strips on Amazon or at Rockler.
To start you will want to cut your drawer liner to the size of the drawer and install it if you are using one. Then, cut your binning strip to the size you want it. There are two ways to do this. You can run your binning strip the whole length of the drawer so you can move your wood slats around if you want. Or, you can also just attach a couple of slots of the binning strips to your drawer to use less of the binning strip.
Since my drawer is smaller I ran the binning strip the whole width of the drawer. I thought it was worth the extra money spent to be able to move the drawer dividers around.
Remove the paper from the back of the binning strips and carefully stick it to the drawers. You will want to make sure that your spaces line up on both sides of the drawer so your slats aren’t angled when you install them.
Once you have the binning strips installed then you can cut the wood slats for your DIY drawer organizer. Measure the length needed and then cut. If you don’t have a good way to cut the wood at home you can have it cut at the hardware store. Usually, Lowes and Home Depot will cut wood for you.
When you have your wood cut just place it in the slots that you want to use and your drawer organizer is ready to go. If you want to seal your wood you can use a wood conditioner.
My drawer looks much better after making this DIY kitchen drawer organizer. It may sound crazy but it makes me happy every time I open the drawer. Plus, I can easily find everything.
I bought the binning strips with a coupon from Rockler and have used less than half of the roll. The wood slat was $2.50 from Menards. Total it cost me about $10 to organize the drawer. Not only is that cheaper than most drawer organizers, but I will be able to change things around if I move more stuff into the drawer.
If you are dealing with messy drawers and aren’t sure how to organize them I highly recommend trying this easy DIY drawer organizer. It will make your life easier!
Want some more organizing tips? Check out how to organize a bathroom closet on a budget.
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