September 29, 2023


New Estate

C.O.P. – Organizing The Dreaded Battery & Wire Drawer

5 min read

It’s been a really very long time since I’ve posted a C.O.P. (cleansing, organizing, purging) challenge! However just a few days in the past, I reached my restrict with our loopy battery and rope drawer. So I ordered a few battery organizers, and as quickly as they have been delivered yesterday, I set to work.

Let me again up a bit. The battery and rope drawer that I’m speaking about is in our hallway, and resides on this cupboard that I constructed a number of years in the past.

After we purchased the home, there was a closet on this nook that seemed like a DIY closet constructed by a earlier proprietor. It was simply an ordinary closet with a bar for hanging garments behind the bifold doorways, and a shelf behind the higher doorways.

I didn’t wish to lose the storage, however that closet wasn’t fairly the look I used to be going for. So I tore it out and constructed the cupboard. Yow will discover that cupboard constructing challenge right here.

The underside part of the cupboard isn’t for storage. That part is for our cat’s litter field. You may see her entrance on the aspect of the cupboard.

The remainder of it’s storage, and whereas the entire thing is filled with stuff, none of it’s organized. I’ve stated this many instances, however I’m not a naturally organized sort of individual. That simply not how my mind works. My pure state is chaos. 😀 But when I make a concerted effort to place organizational instruments into place, do away with issues I don’t want, and manage the issues I wish to maintain utilizing these instruments, I’m typically fairly good at maintaining with the group.

However till I put aside time, make that concerted effort, and put these organizational instruments into place, my go-to technique of storage is the open and shove technique. And that’s how I find yourself with drawers wanting like this…

Matt by no means goes digging by this drawer. I don’t even suppose he is aware of the place we maintain the batteries. 😀 If he wants batteries, he asks me, and I get them for him.

So final week when he requested me to get new batteries for the TV distant, and I needed to go dig by this mess, I made a decision I lastly had sufficient. After altering the distant batteries for Matt, I received on-line instantly and ordered a two-pack of these Bee Neat battery organizers on Amazon (affiliate hyperlink).

Right here’s what the battery organizer appears like out of the bundle. It’s made for use in a drawer or held on a wall.

Clearly, earlier than I might even get to the enjoyable organizing half, I needed to begin with the purging. I removed all the battery packaging and the surplus cords. The place on the earth do all the cords come from?! So many of those have been similar, and but, I do not know what they go to. I’m bored with hanging onto cords once I clearly don’t use them and I do not know what they even go to, so these went into the purge pile.

After placing all the batteries into the battery organizers and getting these within the drawer, I organized every little thing else that was left

I made a decision to retailer a few these issues in different areas, and saved arranging and tweaking till I had every little thing I needed on this drawer. After which I measured the house that was left after placing the battery organizers into place, and lower seven items of 1/4-inch poplar make just a little DIY organizer for that house.

You may get these poplar boards at House Depot or Lowe’s, and I’ve even seen them at Interest Foyer and Michael’s. They arrive in numerous lengths and widths. These have been 2.5 inches large and 48 inches lengthy. I merely lower them to the sizes I wanted with my miter noticed, and put them along with my scorching glue gun. In fact, you should buy all types of plastic or wooden drawer organizers, however I a lot choose to make my very own in order that they’re custom-made to the precise dimension I would like for my drawer. That means there’s no drawer house at being wasted. They usually’re so fast and simple to make!

Earlier than I put the little DIY drawer organizer again into place, I made a decision to color the underside of the drawer so as to add just a little little bit of enjoyable coloration. This is similar Behr Glamorous that I used within the hallway rest room self-importance. After which, for some cause that made sense to me yesterday however I can’t keep in mind immediately, I made a decision to place my little DIY organizer on the opposite aspect of the drawer.

And now I’ve a very organized battery and rope drawer with solely the issues I truly use. For some cause, we now have an extra of C batteries, so a few of these needed to keep within the containers. All the opposite batteries match into the battery organizers. After which there’s the outlet expander and an additional nightlight. In my DIY drawer organizer, I’ve the chargers for Matt’s Hoyer carry batteries, USB outlet adapters, iPhone charging cords, and corded earbuds with my iPhone adapter.

After I do these fast and simple group initiatives, I all the time surprise why it took me so lengthy to do them. I’ve been dwelling with the jumbled mess on this drawer for years. Actually years. And it took me all of about 90 minutes to prepare, and that features the time it took me to make the DIY organizer and provides the underside of the drawer two coats of paint and one coat of Normal Finishes Excessive Efficiency Topcoat. (I used a hair dryer to hurry up the drying course of with every coat.)

It’s superb how just a bit little bit of effort and time can convey such peace of thoughts. I don’t now why I postpone these initiatives and dwell with the chaos for therefore lengthy. However no less than this one drawer (the a part of this whole cupboard that I entry essentially the most usually) is organized and usable now. Right here’s a fast earlier than and after…

There’s such an amazing quantity of satisfaction that comes from an organized drawer or cupboard. 😀

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