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Drawer Organizers To Tame Messy Drawers


Every house seems to have at least one junk drawer and the easiest way to get it organized is to use one of the many drawer organizers available. Junk drawers tend to start out OK, just a few items that are easily found, but after a few months are simply a mess of pieces of loose string, odds and ends and bits and pieces, with some nails and tools thrown in for good measure. As each person digs through the junk drawer to find that elusive item the contents just get more jumbled and messy.

Besides junk drawers, organizers can be used in lingerie drawers, sock drawers, craft drawers or even for keeping a mixture of times of clothing an objects in a bureau or dresser drawer. These organizers are often inserts that simply side into the existing drawers, however they may also be complete liners that are placed into the drawer. Some drawer organizers may be made of cedar, beech wood, plastic or wire mesh. All drawer liners will tend to be very durable but lightweight to avoid any additional weight on the drawer sliders and mechanisms.

When measuring your drawer for a drawer organizer be sure to measure the inside dimensions. You will need to measure the length, width and the height of the drawer. If the drawer already has an organizer unit in it be sure to allow for those dimensions as well.

If you want an adjustable divider consider one of the many expandable drawer organizers available. These handy wood or plastic flat dividers are usually spring loaded and work much the same as an expandable window screen or curtain rod. You simply compress the divider to the size of the drawer and place it against the front and back or both sides of the drawer. The benefit of an adjustable divider is that it can be used in as many different drawers as you would like.

Formed plastic drawer organizers are great for cutlery and cooking utensil drawers. These pre-formed organizers have slots or spaces for the various utensils to keep them secure within the drawer. For oversized or unusually shaped items plastic bins, either the individual or the locking bins can be very handy.

Craft drawers can be organized using individual or locking bins, either open or covered. If you are using covered or lidded bins be sure to try to use clear lids so the contents of the bins can be easily seen. Diamond shaped inserts can be used to keep thread and other craft supplies separate and easy to see.

Finding the correct combination of drawer organizers will help keep all the drawers in your house organized and make finding items so much easier for everyone.

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