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This Item Will Transform Your Drawers

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Guys, let’s get real for a second – if I said the word “drawer” to you, your mind would probably go to the messiest, most unorganized, clutter-filled drawer in your house; the one drawer you really want to organize, but probably never will.  Instead you just keep digging through it, finding what you need and then closing it without ever addressing the issue.

Well, let me give you 2 words of advice: Drawer.  Dividers.

Seriously, these things will change your life.  And your drawers.  Drawer dividers are different from regular utensils holders because, unlike standard utensil dividers, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  Some are just simple spring-loaded pieces of plastic, wood or bamboo, similar to tension rods.  These dividers in particular allow bigger items to be contained (like different clothing items, kitchen utensils, tools, etc), whereas the tray ones provide smaller spaces for little items (like rubber bands, scotch tape, hair clips, etc).

I love using the standard utensil dividers for more than just utensils (and you can read about it in another blog post) but sometimes they aren’t the best choice to go with and here’s why: you can only add so many items to one slot, sometimes the trays in the drawer add just enough height so baking utensils like ladles and whisks don’t fit in the closed drawer anymore, and sometimes there are oddly shaped items that don’t fit into a narrow slot no matter how you rearrange the other items.

When that happens I usually suggest some of these:

Bamboo drawer dividers

Plastic drawer dividers

Adjustable drawer dividers

There are plenty more options out there for every drawer you can imagine, in every room you can imagine.  I’ve used these drawer dividers in kitchen drawers, dresser drawers, bathroom drawers, and more.  They’re so handy to have and can be a help to everyone by keeping a drawer organized simply by keeping the items in it separated and contained.

Do you like this post?  Agree with me that drawer dividers are awesome?  Or do you have a drawer divider disaster story?  Let me know in the comments below!

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I Love this Organizing Tool

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Last month I wrote about large baskets and how much I love them.  This month I’m going to write about smaller baskets and just a few my reasons for loving them.  If you want a cheap way to organize a drawer, go to a dollar store and buy some pencil baskets.  As much as I love drawer organizers not everyone wants to spend the money on them when small pencil baskets do the same thing AND are easier to move around, which makes re-organizing and rearranging easier.

What else are small baskets good for besides junk drawer organization?  Well they’re a great “catch all” spot for small items when you don’t have time to put them away right away.  By having a designated space for these items they don’t end up all over the house (I wrote about the benefits of having a “drop zone” in your home in a previous post).  Small baskets can be used in pantries to hold random condiment packets or food items; they can be used in cupboards to keep measuring spoons together or all your supplements in one space.  Ladies, they are great in the bathroom to keep nail polish accessories together or all those random hair ties you haven’t lost yet (key word – “yet”).  Gents, need a space for the random coins that end up in your pockets?  Or maybe you need one in your garage for nails or screws.  Parents, keep your kids crayons, markers and colored pencils each in their own specific basket…  Are you getting my point?  There’s so many ways to use small baskets and even if the items in the basket are random, less items out creates more order in the house and makes de-cluttering and organizing a simpler process.

Do you love small baskets too? Or do you find them annoying? Comment below and let me know!

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A Favorite Organizing Tool

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I love medium – large baskets.  If I get to a client’s house and they have random large baskets for me to choose from I get so excited.  It makes my job much easier because they’re so easy to use!  Seriously, you can use them in closets, on shelves, in dens and offices, in the pantry; you can use them to store blankets, linens, stuffed animals, kids toys, winter gear, summer wear…. So many possibilities!  And for you parents, they make clean up SOOO easy!  Have your kids toss all of their balls into one basket, all of their stuffed animals into one basket, all of their whatever they have into a basket. Or, if it’s possible just lump all of their toys together in one basket.  That’s the beauty of a basket: it’s contents don’t have to be perfectly arranged so you literally can just throw things in there.

And I’m not prejudiced.  I love all kinds of baskets – wicker, metal, plastic, wire, fabric, whatever.  If it’s a larger basket that I can use to help a person become more organized and stay organized, then I’m all about it.

Now, just to make things clear – I’m NOT advising you to go out and buy a bunch of random baskets with the hope that you’ll find uses for all of them (that’s another post for another time).  But if you have a need and know you’ll use it TODAY, then go get one.  It’s a simple and easy fix for clutter.

Do you love large baskets too? Or do you hate them and think they’re a waste of space? Comment below and let me know!

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One Favorite Organizing Tool

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One thing I absolutely love to use in most of my jobs are utensil organizers.  Obviously they come in handy for utensils (small and large) but I also love them for other random drawers.  I’ve used them in play rooms, arts and crafts spaces, storage areas, junk drawers… They really come in handy in almost every room of the house.  And there’s so many different options out there!  Nice bamboo ones, steel mesh, plastic/rubber, and so many more options! Whatever your style, whatever your budget, investing in a utensil organizer will help any room in your house.

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