I am probably not the only person in the world who has what I lovingly call ‘the junk drawer’. It is filled with everything from elastic bands and loose paper clips to nail files and electrical outlet covers. My children are teenagers and I still have those plastic covers that go over electrical sockets. Yeah, I would say it is way past time to clean out the junk drawer, right? I am always scouring the web for creative organizing ideas and I came across I Heart Organizing. What an awesome source of information and ideas! Surely she had some way of helping me clean up this mess, right?
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Now, I must say that the most important part of cleaning out a junk drawer is throwing away the junk you don’t actually need. Some junk I just like to keep….empty prescription bottles come in handy every once in a while and you never know when your kids might decide to play with the silly putty again! But, spend some time sorting out your drawer before tackling any organizing ideas.
My cereal box dividers are nowhere near as pretty as the ones over at I Heart Organizing but I did not have a nice selection of pretty paper to use. And if I had waited until I actually purchased said paper I would have lost any desire to tackle this project at all! While I did not have pretty paper I did have a nice selection of duct tape. I am the mother of a tween girl…I have a metric TON of duct tape in my house! So, here are a few easy steps to follow if you want to add these cereal box dividers to your own list of organizing ideas!
Reuse Cereal Boxes as Drawer Organizers!
First, start with an empty box of cereal. You may have to start saving them for a while until you have enough to actually fill your drawer. I have 2 teenagers so we go through several boxes of cereal a week. For smaller drawer organizers just use boxes of crackers or granola bars depending on the shape and size you need.
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I found it easiest to flatten the box before cutting. Make sure you measure how high your drawer is so you can still close it once your new drawer organizers are in place. You can use both the top and bottom of the box.
Now, just refold the cereal box so it is no longer flat and start covering it with duct tape. If you are really ambitious you can duct tape the inside of the box as well but honestly, I am not going for pretty here. I just want something sturdy that can keep the pens and pencils where I can find them.
Once your drawer organizers are finished just put them back into your drawer and start putting your stuff into them. Voila! No more complaining when you can’t find the scissors and now I have a place to store those Box Tops for Education I clip out and always lose. Now, if I can just KEEP the drawer looking like this for a while I will be happy!
Are you tackling any organizing ideas this week?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.