Thursday, May 5, 2016

UHeart Organizing: Easy-Does-It DIY Drawer Dividers

Drawer dividers certainly make my organizing world go round.  And when I can customize a product to fit my specific needs?!  It feels like I won the organizing lottery.

Well, I won the lottery when Jen of The House of Wood joined my team, because this girl is brilliant, kind and super smart.  And she builds things!  Organizational things!

Even more, I want to hug her so hard right now.  We DIY’d some kitchen dividers last year, that are holding up fantastically and that we love.  However, they really can’t change if our needs ever change.  And in the kitchen, they do change frequently.  I wish I would have known about Jen’s recent find; ultra easy, no real DIY experience necessary, endlessly flexible drawer dividers.  I will let her spill all the details below.  Be prepared to never live the same after reading this post.

Hi friends! I’m Jen Woodhouse from The House of Wood and I am so excited to be back here, hanging out with the most organized people on the internet! Are you guys ready to whip your desk drawers into shape? You’re going to flip when you see how quick and easy this project is.
I recently carved out a small corner of my bedroom for my workspace and I’ve had everything ‘home office’ on the brain ever since. I bought a new desktop computer but had no desk to put it on, so I built one! For the full tutorial on how to build this DIY desk with hidden printer storage, click here.

By the way, that hexagon succulent planter is made from a scrap 2x4 and that’s a DIY calendar I made too! If you’d like any of the product details and sources for my home office, you’ll find them here.

Okay, so back to this desk. I designed it so that my bulky printer is tucked neatly away on a pull-out tray behind two faux drawer fronts. Super sneaky.

Are you ready to see what’s behind the real drawer fronts? Alright. Let’s do this.

Will you check out those snazzy drawer dividers? I love that they’re hardwood and totally customizable.

The other day, I was wandering aimlessly around Williams-Sonoma (which is very dangerous because I have hoarding tendencies when it comes to collecting kitchen stuff) and I found myself in the aisle where all of the utensils are. Of course, as I stuffed my basket full of unnecessary spatulas and spoonulas (totally a thing, btw), I couldn’t help but notice how nicely each little cubby held the different utensils, no matter what size or shape they were. I took mental note of how the displays were built. #builderproblems

Do you see how the dividers are constructed? So clever, right?

After a bit of hunting, I found similar plastic drawer dividers online and couldn’t click “add to cart” fast enough. Once they arrived, I measured my drawer, cut the plastic dividers to the length I needed, peeled the adhesive backing off, and then stuck them to the sides of the drawer.

Then I picked up a few ¼-inch poplar hobby boards from the craft store, measured and cut them down to size, and just slid them into the dividers. Super quick and easy! I love that these dividers are modular; they allow me to easily change the layout if I ever need to.

Remember when I mentioned that I tend to hoard kitchen stuff? Well, this may also apply to washi tape.

And stamps.

And pencils.

But can you blame me? Wouldn’t you hoard pencils if they looked as cute as these do? Yeah, I think so.

Big thanks to Jen for allowing me to share my fun and functional workspace with y'all! My new desk is already getting a ton of use and these easy drawer dividers make staying organized a breeze. Until next time, happy organizing!

Hello friends! I’m Jen Woodhouse, the author of The House of Wood blog, my creative outlet for all things DIY and design. By trade, I am a performing songwriter based in Nashville, TN - I’ve released three albums, toured the world, and licensed my music to national television shows and films - but more recently, I’ve added ‘DIY Blogger’ to my eclectic resume. The House of Wood is where I document my adventures in woodworking, interior design, and life as a musician, military wife, and mother of two unbearably adorable babies. When I’m not writing, recording, or touring, you’ll usually find me in the garage building furniture! I’m pretty freakin’ excited to join the iHeart Organizing team and I can’t wait to share a few organizing DIY projects with y’all!

from IHeart Organizing

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