old food packaging = new drawer organizers

Apr 16

this drawer in the laundry room had become a thorn in my side for the last few years months…

the problem is the drawer never had a real purpose. it collected random items that landed in the laundry room or items that eventually needed to be returned to where they should be…like tools, misc sports items, cords, etc.

the only items that should be in the drawer are related to our new cat. his food is located on the counter right above the drawer…

since we have a 2 year old, cat food and water bowls sitting on the floor = bad idea. instead, the cat easily hops up onto the counter to eat. and because he eats on that counter, it makes sense to keep his food and other supplies in this drawer.

the drawer is just shallow/deep/wide enough that i couldn’t find a perfect drawer organizer. i also don’t like to spend a lot of money on drawer organizers, if i can help it. then i remembered my small stockpile of boxes…

turns out the small stack on the left = works perfectly inside the drawer!…

win-win-win: i needed drawer organizers…i had these on hand hoping they would eventually serve a purpose…and they didn’t cost me anything!

i can’t believe how perfectly the old food boxes fit inside the drawer. what are the chances of that happening?

the drawer is now beautifully organized and nothing is going to flop or slide around when i open/close the drawer. there is now a defined space for cat food, cat treats, and cat toys…

there is a small spot for “junk” to land…again, small spot! which means this drawer can’t accumulate random items anymore. and since there was still room to be utilized, i was able to contain our vacuum bags and vacuum air freshener tabs inside the drawer too!…

doesn’t this drawer look so much better?…once again, theΒ before:

after:

the drawer now has a real purpose and the organizers cost me nothing. happy girl!…

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  1. This looks great! Good thinking. I love free organization!

    • hi becky!

      thank you so much for the comment. yes, i love FREE org tools as well! especially when it comes to the inside a drawer that no one will see, but me…you know? πŸ™‚

      thank you again!
      samantha

  2. Great job girl! So much better! And free, LOVE that!

    xoxo,
    Jen

    • hi jen!

      thank you so much! yes – not sure what is making me smile bigger…the free org solutions or the after view of what was once a cluttered drawer πŸ™‚

      sam

  3. Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I didn't think of this! But I'm so glad you did! I'm even happier that you shared it. Saw you at Clean & Scentsible and I'm happily following you via GFC. You are so clever!

    • Hi there!

      You are too sweet!!! I'm so glad this idea will help you – that is the entire reason behind why I started this blog….to share with you!!! So thank you for letting me know that. That is my goal here πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for stopping by and following along. That means so much!

      Best,
      Samantha πŸ™‚

  4. So perfectly organized, what a great idea!

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  5. Nadia says:

    The more you post the more I realize how great you are at organizing!

  6. Jenn Lifford says:

    Very creative! {and organized!} It looks great and you can't beat free! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this on my Facebook page. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn πŸ™‚

    • hi jenn! wow, thank you so much for featuring this idea on your Facebook page! i didn't know you had a page over there, so i'll head on over and *like* it, too. πŸ™‚

      thank you again so much!!!

      best,
      samantha

  7. Hi Samantha! I found you from Ask Anna's link party feature. Love this idea. Seriously, why didn't I ever think of this?!?! I have a drawer that still needs tidying up, so I'll be using your idea for sure. Thanks so much for sharing. I also poked around your blog a bit and love what I see. I'm a new follower now. πŸ™‚

    • hi chrissy! thank you so much for coming by from ask anna. she was so sweet to feature these super easy and FREE drawer organizers. i still can't believe how well they fit inside that drawer! πŸ™‚ and honestly, i don't even know why *i* didn't think of it sooner. i have thrown out so many of those packages in the past. i was sitting on a gold mine! πŸ™‚ lol!

      thank you so much again for coming by, commenting, and now following along. i appreciate that very much!
      samantha

  8. Bear Girl says:

    Hi, would love to see pics of your new cat. I found a stray outside in my landscaping giving birth in 30 degree weather on 3/31. Thankfully the mama isnt too feral and allowed me to bring her and the kitties all in, I put them in the bathroom with lots of nice sunlight and I brought it a portable tv and play movies for them, they actually watch it. She had 6, but two died, one I was bottle feeding, but it had a cleft pallet and the food was not making it down quite like it should have, and for an unknown reason one more died.They then all came down with pink eye and an upper respiratory infection. I have my hands full. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats of my own, my only children no hubby either (boo). I hope someday to see your kids. You dont have to say their names, or call them by initials. Enjoy all your helpful tips and hopefully it will all start to rub off on me. LOL! Hugs from Chicago, Genah

    • hi genah!

      thank you so much for the sweet comment and for visiting my blog! sounds like you have your hands full! πŸ™‚ our cat was a stray too. he found us in the fall and is now a permanent member of our family. such a sweet cat! at some point i am sure to share a photo of 2 of him. i'm still not too sure about sharing the names of or photos of our children. i'm easing into this blog thing sloooooowly and am sort of enjoying having some amount of privacy. you know what they say – whatever you put in the internet is there forever. so i can very careful about that. i do wish i could share them with you and everyone though – they are pretty darn cute! πŸ™‚

      thank you again so much!!!!!
      samantha πŸ™‚

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