Since we’re spending all of our time at home, things tend to get cluttered without us even realising till we’re drowning in it. The smallest items have the tendency to go missing especially when we need it. A solution to this problem is making sure you have dividers within storage containers. Give everything a designated place. If you have a large closet, put baskets on shelves so you can assign belts, hats or shoes to a specific basket, for example.
While keeping your home tidy and organised is a tremendous and tedious task, it pays off in the end with a sense of achievement, and for some, a sense of peace. Here’s how you can declutter the clutter.
The first place you should be organising is your wardrobe drawer. Unfortunately, several drawers don’t have tiny compartments to keep your undergarments and socks separate but you can take matters into your own hands by creating a divider.
Start by measuring the internal dimensions of the drawer you are organising (width, depth, and height). Be sure to get the exact measurements here; you want the organisers to fit snug so they stand up straight and don’t move as you open and close the drawer.
Once you have the measurements, cut rectangles from cedar, pine or plywood, but make sure they’re sturdy. Cut them according to the measurements and leave them aside.
Feel free to decorate or paint the pieces. You can start by cutting a sheet of contact paper about 1 inch wider and taller than the piece. Cut off any excess sheet and fold the ends over to the other side of the piece.
After this, cut a rectangle about half an inch shorter than the height and width of the rectangle piece and lay it over the backside to cover up the folds from the front side.
The last step is to assemble the pieces together. Find the centre of each rectangle and carefully slit half-way through the piece. Then, insert one rectangle into the other. If necessary, adjust the cuts so both rectangles sit at the same height.
If measured correctly, the dividers should fit perfectly into your drawer and stay in place without a problem.
This DIY divider isn’t restricted to just your wardrobe drawer. You can even make one for your kitchen drawer to help divide the variety of cutlery you have in store or for a box dedicated to keeping seasonal decorations.
Using the steps mentioned above, you can place the piece cut out in your kitchen drawer. To make them sturdier and more effective, you can upgrade to using adhesive glue. Place these in each corner where the plywood touches your drawer surface. These will definitely keep the dividers in your drawers compartmentalised and improve stability.
Kitchen cabinets tend to leave out a lot unused space especially on the top. You can divide the space in two by placing a piece of plywood and adhesive glue or clips across the middle, horizontally. You can place the light snacks on top and the heavy items at the bottom shelf.
Another way of keeping your home clean and organised is to assign designated spots for your small show pieces. Seasonal show pieces, for example, are tough to unjumble once you take them out of the attic. You can create multiple dividers, for say, your seasonal decorations, show pieces, ribbons, buttons, the list is endless! Using the same instructions from above, you can create small, compact compartments for each type of piece.
You can use these steps to create a compartmentalised space in your drawer for your jewellery and accessories.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. If you don’t have plywood lying around, you can always pick up a few unused baskets and place it underneath your bed to store away towels and sheets.