Thursday, January 10, 2013

Reorganizing Drawers

I finally spent the remainder of my Christmas money this past Tuesday.  It was tougher than I thought it would be.  I have a gift card and a 10% off purchase coupon for The Container Store.  I figured with those two items and my remaining money, I could find several storage options.  I spent days perusing their website and had a handful of ideas when I walked in the door.

Alas, I was less than thrilled with their storage options.  Most of it is wire, plastic and melamine.  Not a whole lot different than what I could find in other stores.  But, I was determined to spend my money.  90 minutes later I left with two new kitchen drawer organizers, a cookbook holder, a rack for my baking pans, an ironing board and iron hanger and two racks for hanging purses and scarves.

Yesterday I woke up with the mindset of transforming a few drawers and thread storage around the house.

First up was the kitchen drawers.
Here are before photos of the drawers, one for silverware and for utensils.

The organizers I bought for these drawers are expandable to fit the entire drawer.  I love them!

But wait . . . the old drawer organizers didn't get kicked to the curb!
They are now home to my stamping and art supplies.
My original intent in going to The Container Store was for thread storage.  I was frustrated having many plastic containers for my needlepoint threads.  It took me forever to choose threads for a new project.  Then, a light bulb went off in my head in the middle of the night.  I have this wonderful wood cart that wasn't being used to it's full potential.
When I first bought it I was quilting a lot.  I used it to store pre-cut squares and strips in the smaller drawers and larger cuts of fabric in the larger drawers.  Lately the bottom half of the cart is holding Mr. E's clothes and the top half was just stuff.  I did a little Google research and decided to make my own dividers for the drawers and put my threads in them.

With a little trial and error, chipboard and a few pieces of masking tape,
I made these dividers for the drawers.
My thread storage went from these containers (by the way, a friend came by and bought these containers from me already)
Into the drawers
The threads are sorted by color: red/pink, yellow/white, orange/brown, blue, green and purple.  I love it!  Late yesterday I was working on a project and wanted to choose a different thread.  It was super easy to flip through the drawers looking for the right thread.  I don't know what took me so long to come up with this idea!  Needless to say, I've been spending the last 24 hours hunting around the house for other methods of reusing what I have to revamp my craft storage.

The project I was working on?  It was the Monday Mystery from Janet J. Perin.  I finished the second part yesterday.  I'm anxious to see the next step on Monday.

Have you done any reorganizing lately?

Sweet P

1 comment:

Mary Corbet said...

i LOVE your organized drawers! What a great idea!