Divided, I Stand.

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It’s a daily struggle for me to find anything in my desk. I have a “catchall” drawer that does exactly that- catch all, and not give anything back.

My desk drawers at work are a mess and, sadly, my dresser drawers at home aren’t much better.

About once a month I get fed up, huff and puff and tear everything out of the drawers to diligently reorganize them. But no matter how carefully I put everything into place, by the time I’m dashing around, running late, on a deadline or just keeping up with life, things are falling over and mingling with each other like one big party.

It frustrates me to no end.

I decided to try shopping around for drawer dividers to help me keep my items separate and keep me sane. I found a lot of options, but nothing that was perfect for what I needed. I wanted something adjustable, simple and, let’s be honest, CHEAP.

Making it myself was probably going to be my best option.

So here are some steps to making your own drawer dividers using things you have around your house, or things you can get for free. I’ve included pictures of my trial run with my office “catchall” drawer.

-1 cardboard box. If you don’t have any empty boxes at home, you can get free shipping boxes from your local post office or at USPS.com. I used a free “Priority Mail” shipping box for my drawer dividers.

-Scissors or a box cutter.


1. Clean out the drawer completely. Here’s a picture of what my drawer looked like when I began this process. I’m not happy about it, but yes, it really was that messy.

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2. Optional: I wanted to add a little spunk to my drawer, so I taped decorative photo mats at the bottom. You can also use wrapping paper, wallpaper or whatever else you decide.

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3. Measure the inside of your drawer and cut the cardboard to fit.

d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty tip- My drawer is 15.75’’ wide,14.75’’ long and 3.5’’ high. I want my drawer divided into 9 sections, so I cut 4 pieces of cardboard- each 3.5’’ high. Two 15.75’’ long, the other two 14.75’’ long.

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4. Depending on the size compartments you want, you will need to cut notches into the cardboard dividers at the appropriate intersecting points half the width of your cardboard divider.

d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty tip- I cheated on this step. I put my unnotched dividers in the drawer, adjusted them until I had the spacing I wanted and then marked the spots where I needed to cut (the spots where the pieces would intersect). This helped me avoid having to translate decimal points to inches.

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5. Slip in the dividers and connect the notches. Voila!

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This process took about 30 minutes total to complete.

d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty tip- Try using boxes you already have to help you organize items in drawers. Kids’ shoe boxes make great catchall mini drawers within a big one. Also my fabulous co-worker, who shall remain nameless, suggested wine box dividers for another alternative.

Let me know how this works for you!


Tivi Jones d.i.y. creativity— Written by Tivi Jones, Marketing Coordinator for Carolina Parent, writer, author and founder of d.i.y. crea|tivi|ty, a new blog that offers Triangle residents information and how-to’s on the coolest d.i.y. trends.





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