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

It’s been a really very long time since I’ve posted a C.O.P. (cleansing, organizing, purging) undertaking! However a couple of 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 had 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 regarded like a DIY closet constructed by a earlier proprietor. It was simply a normal 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. You’ll find that cupboard constructing undertaking 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 facet 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 occasions, however I’m not a naturally organized form 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 arrange 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 via this drawer. I don’t even assume 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 via this mess, I made a decision I lastly had sufficient. After altering the distant batteries for Matt, I obtained 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 to be like like out of the package deal. 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 had been an identical, and but, I don’t know what they go to. I’m uninterested in hanging onto cords once I clearly don’t use them and I don’t 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 all the things 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 all the things I wished 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 Dwelling Depot or Lowe’s, and I’ve even seen them at Passion Foyer and Michael’s. They arrive in several lengths and widths. These had been 2.5 inches extensive and 48 inches lengthy. I merely lower them to the sizes I wanted with my miter noticed, and put them along with my sizzling 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 measurement I want for my drawer. That manner there’s no drawer house at being wasted. They usually’re so fast and straightforward 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 shade. This is identical Behr Glamorous that I used within the hallway lavatory self-importance. After which, for some motive that made sense to me yesterday however I can’t bear in mind at present, I made a decision to place my little DIY organizer on the opposite facet of the drawer.

And now I’ve a very organized battery and rope drawer with solely the issues I really use. For some motive, we now have an extra of C batteries, so a few of these needed to keep within the packing 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 elevate batteries, USB outlet adapters, iPhone charging cords, and corded earbuds with my iPhone adapter.

After I do these fast and straightforward group tasks, I at all times 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 Common Finishes Excessive Efficiency Topcoat. (I used a hair dryer to hurry up the drying course of with every coat.)

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

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