You know how we all want to be organized in every nook and cranny of the house? Will we ever be done? Will we ever sit down one day on the couch and say “Thou art all finally organized, Amen!” Perhaps there is that one person in the universe that exists and I sure would like to meet them one day to ask how they did it. Although, honestly, if you are like me, I enjoy the process of organizing and simplifying so much that I will always find something that will need organized even if I reorganize, which has happened more than once around here. The instant gratification and the pleasure of clearing and cleaning out releases endorphin’s in our brain that actually makes us feel happy. We feel a sense of accomplishment from the results we achieved. We know that our lives will be less frantic and more simplified if we are more organized and can easily find what we need, not to mention how Feng Shui it is.
I have been wanting to organize my messy drawers in all rooms of the house for quite a while now. You think of all the drawers in your house that could be organized and you could be organizing everyday for two months. Hey now, that sound like a good challenge! I will have to give that some more thought and get back with you. We all have the infamous junk drawers that usually resides in the kitchen, at least that’s where ours is. You think about how it holds the most random things that you don’t know where else to put. Small batteries, rubber bands, playing cards, paper clip, tacks, matches oh, and I see a lot of dice, chalk and missing game pieces as well. Our junk drawer recently got a major overhaul but I still have more plans to revisit that space and dress it up with some colorful do it yourself budget friendly drawer liners. You think you’re job of organizing your junk drawer, make up drawer, or any drawer for that matter, is complete by buying a few space organizers to place items in neatly. Why not consider another layer of decor that will dress those drawers up with some color and style so every time you open them you smile?
Today, I will walk you through the easy and super fast way of how I organized and simply used colorful wrapping paper to line my make up drawer. I probably have reorganized this drawer more than a dozen times over the years. It usually depends what new makeup I have purchased or how unclean it begins to look when I start getting that organizing bug again. My makeup drawer was such a mess recently and I was so frustrated of looking for things that slipped to the back of the drawer that I came up with the idea of just using zip lock sandwich bags and labeling each bag with the type of make up such as mascara, eye liners, foundations etc… I don’t know what I was thinking because first of all, I needed to find a bin large enough to hold all of my zip locks, then the bin of course didn’t come close to fitting in the drawer. I ended up putting it in the linen closet with the toiletries so every morning I would trot half way across the bathroom to get my makeup and walk back with the entire bin day after day. The baggies ended up getting filthy with makeup residue so, needless to say, my grand idea failed after a few months and onward I was to find another alternative.
Here are the supplies I used to organize and to make my own budget friendly drawer liners:
1. Gift wrapping paper or craft paper in sheets or rolls. I am in love with everything Aqua so I bought a roll and will use it for other drawers and the rest for wrapping gifts.
2. Vanity or make up organizers. There are so many styles out there that are either one solid piece (you may need to buy more than one depending on your drawer size) or separate containers that you can piece together. I purchased two acrylic ones while I was at Home Goods. If you don’t find what you want at Home Goods or Target, here is a similar one .
3. Scissors, X-Acto or craft knife or a gift wrapping cutter (This gave me a nice clean line)
4. Vinegar and water or soap and water to lightly wipe down drawer
5. Glue dots, double-sided tape, spray adhesive or what I had lying around in my office drawer ( Photo adhesive squares)
6. Yard stick or measuring tape
7. Velcro strips, Velcro squares or circles
Here is my before picture minus a lot of make up that is usually sprawled all over:
I went to Home Goods ( because that is my second home) and purchased the vanity organizers. Each one was under $10.00. Be sure to measure your drawer before you purchase and to be extra precise so you utilize all the space possible. Bring your measuring tape to the store to measure your organizers or most of them have the measurement on the package. Especially measure the drawer height because many of the vanity organizers may be taller than your drawer and you might not be able to close it. Yikes!
I also found this very stylish gift wrapping paper while I was there. $2.99 for this massive roll that I think would wrap an entire room!
I am slightly embarrassed to show you this yucky picture after I cleaned everything out of the drawer but here it is…
Take soap and water or vinegar and water ( my homemade version in the clear spray bottle) to lightly wipe down drawer. I spritzed just a little of Pledge to give it a fresh clean smell and clean up any residue that was left.
Next, I measured the drawer
Then rolled out the wrapping paper and measured exactly what the measurements were. My drawer was 17″ x 15 1/4″. I bought two of the organizers but still need one longer one to set behind them.
Here is where I used my handy-dandy gift wrapping cutter that I just happened to find in one of my office drawers, that I need to reorganize!
At this point, I didn’t have the confidence that I cut the wrapping paper exactly to fit so I placed my wrapping paper in the drawer and lo and behold! I couldn’t believe it but the first cut actually was a perfect cut. Score!
Alright, things are going as planned so far. Can’t believe it. I know it’s not rocket science here but sometimes the easiest of projects can take you half a day to complete, even budget friendly drawer liner projects! Holding my breath here…
The photo sticker squares is another item I found hanging out in my office. I would say I have had this for uh, 15 years! Make sure you look everywhere for things you can use other than what their main purpose is intended for.
These tiny little photo adhesives are sticky on both sides so they work perfect for keeping the gift wrap in place. Plus, if you ever want to reorganize or change-up your paper someday, it will be easy to take off. Yay! You will appreciate it one day. I stuck about 10 of them on the back of the wrapping paper so that it would stay in place.
You know what irritates me? It is when you spend all your time creating your masterpiece of an organized make up drawer and as soon as you open the drawer, everything slides to the back of the drawer! Again, I had some velcro strips in my office that I cut and applied to the back of the acrylic organizer and it works like a charm! I thought that one up all by myself!
Now, we are finally ready to adhere the organizer to the pretty lined drawer. I purged some of the products I wasn’t using any more or that were really old and came up with the finished craft project of the day.
I am so happy with the finished project and hope I have inspired you to organize at least one drawer this week and make your own budget friendly drawer liners!
If you are still in the organizing mode, you may want to check out How I Organized My Linen Closet in Less Than An Hour.