How to Organize the Drawers in Your Home With Baskets of all types.
I tend to go into organizing mode when I am not in the mood to tackle a larger project around my house. As you can see from the photo below, I need to refinish my kitchen floor – it is worn in many spots. It is a big undertaking and I keep putting it off …and off …and off!
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I keep coming up with excuses why I should wait, like:
…I should do it in the fall when it is cooler.
…hire a contractor and just be done with it.
…I’ll wait until we move.
There is nothing fun about refinishing a wood floor. So while I make excuses – I have been cleaning and organizing drawers in my kitchen until I get my floor refinishing mojo back.
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I like change. Organizing lets me have change without costing me a thing.
Making what you already own look fresh and new simply by sorting, purging, and adding order can be very therapeutic. Making it look stylish and pretty helps too. I think that is why organizing and de-cluttering is a popular task among home lovers. It feels like you are getting a new start with your stuff. You see it with fresh eyes.
I like organizing my stuff in baskets. I have posted about my love of baskets before and showed you a few ways I use them.
I have found most of them at the thrift store and yard sales – a few I have had since I was a teenager.
Organizing Drawers with Baskets
When I shop the thrift store – square and rectangular baskets are the first thing I search for. I have never paid more than $1.oo for any of them. I soak them in the sink with some dish detergent when I get home and then set them out in the sun.
When they are dry, they come inside and become drawer organizers. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I do “love me” some hot tea – all kinds, except green tea, which gives me an instant headache. When the teabags are placed in a low sided, square basket – I have no trouble finding exactly the type I am in the mood for.
This basket is one of my faves. I have three others just like it. I have had them for a very long time. They work perfectly in drawers because they are square and the sides go straight up. Round baskets and baskets that have angled sides don’t work as well – too much drawer space is lost since they don’t fit together.
Square and rectangular baskets can be placed together like a jigsaw puzzle. As you can see in my kitchen desk drawer, even though they are all different sizes and styles – they are all square or rectangular and fit together nicely – no space is lost. I am still looking for a thin long one to place in the back left corner.
I don’t overlook baskets with handles – like an Easter basket or one that has a handle on each side. If I find a square or rectangular one with straight sides and a handle, I buy it and remove the handles with a knife or pair of scissors. The handles are just woven in and once you cut it, they are easy to remove from the basket.
Plasticware chaos – no more. Storing the lids on their sides in the baskets keeps it under control.
Bigger baskets for larger items.
Seeing the baskets when I open my drawers adds a delightful visual surprise. Everything in order and in its place – aaahhhhh! It is nice not having to rummage through to find anything.
I have even been known to line some of my drawers with colorful paper when baskets are not needed. This gives you a dose of color therapy every time you open the drawer.
These baskets are a bit bigger and are my favorite baskets in my house. I found one at TJMaxx and when I brought it home and realized that it fit perfectly into these shelves, I had to find more. Every time I went back to the store, I searched until I had 6 to fill the shelves. It took about 9 months of searching, but I was determined and successful. I store cookie cutters in a few of them and candles in the rest. I made the French Enameled Tags for them.
In the pantry I have a set of IKEA baskets on the top shelf and many other types of baskets on the floor.
In my studioffice, I stack and store paper in them.
On occasion, I may even make lids for larger baskets so I can stack and store items in them. How to Make a Lid for a Basket
If you Don’t Have Baskets to Organize Your Drawers, Try These?
How about…cutting the bottom from cereal boxes and fitting them together in a drawer or use your larger square or rectangular plastic containers that you would normally use to hold leftovers in your fridge. I know some brands of pre-sliced lunchmeat come in rectangular shapes. Shoe boxes work well, too.
I used small boxes and covered them with pretty paper to organize my desk drawer. I was really into organizing when I did this since I even made labels for what goes in each box. How I Organize My Desk Drawer
The next time you get into an organizing mood, before you go out and buy something to help you with the task – look around your house first to see what you can find to get your small stuff in stylish order. Baskets work for me; you may be surprised with what you find – cardboard, wood or metal boxes – do you have any of these?