We Feel Like Marie Kondo Would Approve of These DIY Drawer Dividers

Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Who's up for a little decluttering? At Hunker, we believe that nothing beats a good spring cleaning, and what better place to start than with your drawers. No more throwing things into a disheveled pile. (That's the old you — the new you is turning over a new leaf!) These do-it-yourself drawer dividers are such an easy way to organize your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. And the best part is that you can customize them to fit your needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape

  • Ruler

Step 1

Take a tape measure and measure the inside length of your drawers from front to back.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Then measure the depth from top to bottom.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Mark the length and depth measurements of the drawer onto the balsa wood with a pencil.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Take a craft knife and ruler and cut along the pencil lines to create your first divider section.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Check that this lengthwise divider fits. You want it to be snug against the drawer at the front and back.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Next, measure the width of the drawers.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

Mark the measurements of the drawer width onto the balsa wood and cut it out with a craft knife. We decided upon six compartments in our drawer so we've cut out two pieces. (If you want more compartments, just cut out more pieces.)

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 7

Next, we need to create some slots so the dividers will lock together.

Mark a line at the halfway point. (Our width was 9 inches so our halfway line is 4 1/2 inches from the end.) The line should be half the height of the balsa wood. (Our piece was 3 inches high, so the line is 1 1/2 inches high.)

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 8

Take a craft knife and cut along the pencil line, widen it by approx 1/8 of an inch (or by the thickness of the balsa wood you're using).

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 9

Cut some slots on the longer divider, however, this time cut slots where you want the width-sized dividers to sit. Cut the slots at intervals that suit the size of the items you want to store; we kept ours an equal distance apart but you could make them closer or further apart to fit smaller or larger items.

Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 10

Once you've finished, slide the dividers together using the slots.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Place them into the drawers.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

We've used our dividers to organize our bathroom junk drawers ... hey, good-looking.

DIY Drawer Dividers
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!