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Easy DIY Drawer Dividers

We have been doing a lot of projects on our new house and this wasn’t the first, but it is one of my favorites. As my friends well know, I have a soft spot for kitchen gadgets and I work in a place where I can sometimes get some deals on them so I have a substantial collection.

The kitchen has four big, wide drawers and I filled one of them with utensils and gadgets. Unfortunately, they were just big and open and impossible to keep straight. Ever since I found this post on Pinterest, I knew what I had to do.

I went to a few home improvement stores and finally found what I needed at Home Depot. They had some beautiful poplar “hobby boards”. They are 1/4″ thick x 4″ wide and 4 feet long and cost $3.96 each.

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I looked at my drawer and the way we had it laid out. Some frequently used things stayed in the same place all the time so it was easy to find spots. The other items I sorted by type and planned out where they should go. I got the first couple boards in place and realized I had forgotten to take a before picture. The front items were here before, so picture it without the dividers in place.

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It made for a pretty impressive mess. After planning the drawer out, I got my boards and began cutting. Since we don’t have any fancy saws yet, I borrowed my dad’s miter block and saw and got to cutting.

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Do not try this like this at home. I am amazed that I avoided sawing the counter and I still have all my fingers. I also highly suggest a real saw. It would be much easier and probably cut straighter.

Anyway, After I cut the boards, I drew a line in the drawer where I wanted them to go. Then I fired up my hot glue gun and put a bead of glue along this line. **Whoever thought of this is a genius. The glue holds securely and can be peeled off if you want to change it.** Then I quickly put the board in place before the glue dried and put more glue around it to fill in the cracks.

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I just kept doing this until all the dividers were in place. I only had two small hangups. 1) the glue gun jammed half way through and I had to un-jam it. 2) The saw was old and dull and I had to call Dad for some tips to use it better before my arm fell off from trying too hard. Eventually I finished, though.

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Isn’t it a thing of beauty? Then, all I had to do was put everything into place. I even found that I had more room and could fit in several more larger items like the egg slicer, cherry pitter, and mango splitter (yes, I really use all of these)!!!

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And here it is in all of its glory. Now when I need something I know where to look and don’t have to dig for several minutes to find it. I think I may try this in my bathroom drawer next.

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Update

I know I haven’t posted in way too long. We got the house! We are moved in and everything is going well. We have made several updates that I hope to be posting about soon.

Between moving and the holidays, things have been very busy. We hosted Thanksgiving for some of our immediate family just three weeks after closing on the house. A month later we hosted the Christmas party for his mom’s side of the family. Crazy? Yes, but it was really fun and proved that the house can easily take a crowd. We truly hope that this will be a home regularly filled with family and friends.

Updates, modifications, and maintenance to the house have been an ongoing project. We have done a few little projects but have many more to go. We walked through the house room by room with a notebook. Each room has a page and we listed all long and short-term projects we would like to do for each room. It is a bit daunting to say the least. Most of the projects require more funding than we have now. Mostly, we are waiting for some warmer temperatures to get started. It should be exciting!

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