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? Looking for eco-friendly drawer organizing ideas? Tackle the junk drawer easily and frugally by upcycling old cereal boxes into draw-organizing bins.
Sustainable organizing made easy!
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 not beautiful, however, they get the job done. If you want to take them up a notch, invest in some pretty scrapbook paper. I had a nice selection of patterned duct tape which I think makes these upcycled organizing bins very, very sturdy.
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.
How to 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. We go through several boxes of cereal a week. For smaller drawer organizers just use empty boxes of crackers or granola bars depending on the shape and size you need.
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 stray erasers, pushpins, and paperclips I always seem to 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?
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked 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 and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.