DIY: Drawer Divider

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DIY: Drawer Divider
Tame clutter with a drawer organiser you make yourself. (Clothes in the chest of drawers image by Galaiko Sergey from

No need to buy expensive "organisation systems" to keep that desk or dresser tidy---drawer dividers are simple to make yourself from items you already have around the house. By recycling small cardboard boxes (such as the ones that cereal and shoes come in) you're living green, helping the environment and taming clutter all at the same time. Not to mention the fact that with the money you'll save, you'll be able to afford more things to put in the drawer.

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Things you need

  • An assortment of cardboard boxes
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Digital camera or paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Rubber cement or hot glue gun with glue sticks

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  1. 1

    Empty the drawer and remove it or pull it as far out as you can. Measure the inner height of the drawer.

  2. 2

    Experiment with the boxes by placing as many of them as will fit inside the drawer and repositioning them until you have an arrangement that pleases you. Take a digital picture or make a sketch on the paper so that you will remember the arrangement.

  3. 3

    Remove the boxes from the drawer. Measure up from the bottom of each box to a point ¼ inch less than the inner height measurement of the drawer. Draw a line at this height around the perimeter of each box and cut the boxes along these lines.

  4. 4

    Arrange the boxes on a tabletop, referring to the digital photo or sketch to recreate their positions in Step 2. Fasten them together by putting a dab of glue between each adjacent pair of boxes.

  5. 5

    When the divider is assembled and the glue is dry, place it in the drawer. Return the drawer to its spot and replace its contents, distributing them among the divider's compartments.

Tips and warnings

  • The divider doesn't need to fill the entire drawer; you can make compartments to corral small things in the front or back of the drawer and leave the rest of the space empty for larger items.
  • To decorate the divider, line the boxes with contact paper, fabric or decorative paper before you glue them together. Use glue or double-sided tape to attach fabric or non-adhesive papers.

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