Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I needed to do something to start organizing so I’d start feeling more at home here. I function better when I can find the thing I need when I need it.
The kitchen drawers were a mess. Like this one.
And this one.
And this one. Yes, it does have an organizer in it but there was wasted space around it.
At first I tried putting some items on the fridge with a magnetic towel rod and some shower hooks. I hated it. It just looked cluttered and ghetto.
At my old house I had made drawer organizers out of cardboard. I could do the same here but I wanted “pretty” when I opened the drawers. No one is likely to see these but they will make me happy in the kitchen.
I bought some foam core board, a couple of rolls of shelf grip, and some contact paper. I measured the depth of the drawer to find that 1 1/2″ was deep enough to contain things but not be too deep. The length was 17 1/2″ allowing 1/2″ for the front and back end pieces to fit. So I cut several strips of the board. Quilting rulers are great for keeping straight lines.
Next I lay out the utensils in what I thought would be a pleasing format. I had room for some sharp knives as well. I can change it as I work.
Next I dry fit some foam core strips to see how it looked.
I covered each strip with some pretty contact paper. I get so engrossed in the creating I sometimes forget to take a photo. These are strips for a second drawer organizer.
I put the front and back strip in first then started gluing the pieces into place. A tiny bit of hot glue held each strip in place. Nothing is glued underneath. Just at each end where it touches the front and back pieces. Same with the cross pieces. Just a drop of hot glue on each end of the cross piece will hold it to the long piece. The whole thing as one piece can be taken out to clean the drawer when necessary.
As each section was completed I lay the next utensil there so I’d know where the next strip should go. I fit more in there than I thought I could. As you can see it changed a bit from the way I started.
I liked that drawer so well I went on to do the food prep drawer.
Yup, I like that one too. The two drawers are side by side and are very handy to use now that they are organized. When I’m preparing meals everything I need is in this area. Ok, there are a couple of other drawers with food prep items used less often. There is another drawer next to the stove with utensils for cooking. I’ll do those other drawers after I buy more foam core board and contact paper.
This was so easy to do and didn’t cost much. I bought the board, shelf liner, and contact paper at the everything’s a dollar store. So each drawer cost about $3 to complete with left overs for other projects. And, I got the stuff off the fridge so it doesn’t look so cluttered. I like a clean fridge.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create an organized drawer or two for yourself.