Just thought I would share with you all a little kitchen organizing tip.
Here is what my utensil drawer looked like before.
We purchased this drawer organizer a few years ago. I think we paid somewhere between 5-10 dollars for it. While it helped a little to organize our drawer, it had a lot of faults.
- It didn't fit in the draw to well leaving gaps of wasted space.
- It slid around every time we opened the drawer.
- And the knives didn't fit to well in the knife compartment.
On one of my many trips to Home Depot I discovered these...
They were 3 feet long and $0.55 each.
(Note: I purchased these before we moved. I have since been to our local Home Depot and they are $1.50 each so I guess this depends were you live. However, I often find similar pieces in the scrap bin for $0.50)
I started by taking everything out of the drawer. I then set a few items back in the drawer and played around with the location of each item. Once I found a system that I thought would work best and allow for the least amount of wasted space I started measuring and cutting my pieces.
I started at the front of the drawer and only cut a few pieces at a time. I then placed them back in the drawer and took a step back to look at it and make sure I was happy with the placement of everything.
Then I continued cutting the rest of the pieces. I connected the pieces using wood glue but I made sure not to glue anything to the actual drawer. I wanted to be able to take it out in case we ever buy new utensils that are a different size or decide to sell this place and the new owners want their utensils in a different location.
I'm more than satisfied with the end results. I was even able to fit a few more items in this drawer, and free up some space in my other drawers. Not only that but I had enough wood left over to get a good start on another drawer (I'm only missing one piece).
Total cost - $1.65
(less if you want to subtract the wood I had left over but I'm terrible at math so I'll just leave it at that.)
Total cost if I would have bought the wood at my current location - $4.50
Quite a bit more but still cheaper than the original store bough organizer.
I didn't keep track of the time while I was doing this project but if I had to guess I would say about 20-30 minutes. This would probably take considerable less time for someone who is experienced with wood working
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