DIY Drawer Separator Tutorial

We made major progress on the nursery this weekend.  We have had 4 showers over the last week and are so grateful for all the wonderful gifts we got.  This weekend was time to wash, sort, assemble, and store everything.  I’m happy to report that we got everything put together, all the clothes, blankets, sheets, etc. washed and put away, and we are ready for her to come home!  One of the dilemmas I had after washing and sorting all her adorable tiny clothes was a way to organize everything.  I wanted to keep everything in the drawers of the dresser for easy access because this is where we will be changing her.  Our “dresser” is actually a piece of office furniture that we scored for free from my mom’s boss about 3 years ago.  It’s awesome because the drawers are massive {almost 3′ long and a foot deep!}, but this was also a problem because I just pictured all of her sweet clothes getting all jumbled together in there.  I saw a pin on Pinterest where someone organized their drawers with inexpensive Ikea baskets and they looked great.  We don’t live very close to Ikea and I also thought it might be hard to find boxes that would fit exactly to the size of the drawer, and it would really bother me if there was extra space in there.  So, rather than buying boxes, Mike decided he could build some separators with some scrap wood we had on hand to fit to the sizes of the area I wanted.

drawer separator tutorial

We started by laying out the clothes how I wanted them in the drawers.  In case you were curious, I sorted the clothes by size and then by type.  So, for one drawer I have all 0-3 month clothes and within that drawer I have a stack of short sleeve onesies, long-sleeve onesies, 2 or 3 piece outfits, sleepers, and one-piece outfits.  Make sense?  I did that in each drawer so we have a couple of different layouts.  
drawer separator beforeThen we took some measurements…

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And drew out the design for each drawer.

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Then Mike went out to the garage and found some wood to use and cut the pieces to size.

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Then he nailed them together how they would fit in the drawer.

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Before I painted them, we stuck them in the drawers to dry fit and make sure they would work first.

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Then we painted them in Annie Sloan’s Old White to match the rest of the dresser and stuck them in place.

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drawer separator

We made these separators in about an hour and it was free since we had the paint and wood on hand.  I love how organized it all is!  I’m thinking about adding a little chalkboard paint strip to the top of the wood to write what each section is.  I like organization:)

How do you keep your drawers organized?

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  1. Angela Jones says:

    What a great idea! I wish I were half as organized as you and Mike! All those sweet outfits are simply precious just like Baby H will be!!

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