How to Create a Simple, Practical, Inexpensive DIY Wooden Organizer


DIY Drawer Organizer - Flour Sack Sweets

DIY Drawer Organizer – Flour Sack Sweets

I hate drawers. Hate is a strong word, I know, but they really are my nemesis. Everything gets thrown into them, shuffled around, stacked and they always look like a chaotic mess. ALWAYS. I can organize a drawer and 2 days later it’s a disaster again. Maybe this is just at my house. I swear a little green gremlin comes around during nap time and rummages around in my drawers looking for unicorns or something.

So I came up with this genius plan to create my own wooden organizers that I could move around in the drawer as I needed to, and that weren’t difficult to make at the same time. Also, they couldn’t cost more than $10.00 a piece. I started with the one drawer that gives me the biggest headache – my toiletry/makeup drawer.

The before.

Messy Drawer Before

Messy Drawer Before

I visited my local Home Depot and I found a board for the lovely price of $5.97. The board I purchased was 1/4 in. x 4 in. x 4 ft.  I then proceeded to measure the inside of the drawer and I added 1/16th of an inch. I added the 1/16th because I knew I wanted this to be tight in the drawer. I also knew I’d be sanding the corners and edges of the cut ends.

Materials for Drawer Organizer

Materials for Drawer Organizer

Once the boards were cut,  I sprayed them with some clear polyurethane just to keep them from looking ratty if anything should spill. This darkened the pieces up slightly, which is to be expected. My original plan was to paint them with spray paint, but I decided against that. I want to be able to use these in other drawers if I have to. Additionally, we are saving up to remodel our master bath, so this vanity will not be with us much longer. (Thank the good lord. The thing is hideous.)I didn’t want to paint them a color I liked now, that may end up clashing with a new vanity. I was able to get 3 pieces out of the 48″ board I purchased from Home Depot. There was a bit of leftover that I have another plan in place to use. I used 2 of the 3 pieces on this one drawer. The other drawer, I used the remaining piece, but it’s not really much of an organizational tool, as I just created a space towards the back of the drawer to hold my flat iron and curling iron. I have another, larger, matching basket that holds polish and hair brushes. Nothing very chaotic in that drawer.

Once the pieces were dry, I placed them in the drawer, and neatly arranged all my bottles, tubes, makeup, brushes, hair ties…and so on. You can’t see in the before picture, but there were two baskets that I was using to hold makeup and hair ties, but they were buried under the chaotic mound of stuff and not really being useful. Now, they are useful.

The After.

Drawer After Organizer Installed

Drawer After Organizer Installed

Drawer After Organizer Installed

Drawer After Organizer Installed

The two baskets sit on top of the two pieces of wood, so it creates sort of a  shelf effect.

All told, I spent the $5.97 on the piece of wood, and probably $1.00 on the polyurethane. (I already had the can of poly from another project.) This isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s perfect for the time being. As mentioned earlier, we’ll be remodeling the master bathroom, and so I just needed something to keep the chaos at bay and my sanity intact.

So there you have it. Simple, practical and inexpensive. Have you created a drawer organizer? Leave me a comment with a link to your drawer organizer. I’d love to see them!

All the best,


P.S. Home Depot didn’t sponsor or pay me for mentioning them. We just like to shop there.

P.P.S. I linked this post to the Learning from Each Other link party.



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