Organise Your Drawers With Two Paper Tricks

One of the difficulties of getting your drawers sufficiently organised is actually fitting an organiser in them. Some are too large and some are too small. You often end up with gaps. Even after you get them in, it can still be difficult to find things when you just have a big grid of supplies. Fortunately, you can solve both of these problems with paper. Here's how.

Apartment Therapy tech offers up the first solution, making sure you can put together a (near) perfect grid of drawer organisers:

Take an old newspaper (or any kind of paper or fabric) and cut it to the size of your drawer. Bring the cutout along when you shop for inserts. With the cutout as your guide, you can puzzle together a really close fit with the inserts and cubbies right in the store — no returns required.

Lifehacker reader Rio Chowdhury created a solution to the problem of quickly finding things in your drawers. As pictured above (on the right), he's added coloured foam board cut outs to provide colour differentiation to each section — but coloured paper will work just fine. This makes it a lot easier to see what's in each compartment, but also create a visual memory of what's in each (eg pens are red, paper clips are green).

If your drawers are a mess, try these two tips out and you should be able to get everything under control.


    Ha! Measure your drawer before you buy an insert! Pure genius! I can't believe someone didn't think of it sooner!

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