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DIY boat drawer organizer

I’ve been in boat project mode lately and decided to tackle a few of our drawers on the boat that have gotten out of control. Anyone that owns a boat knows that nothing on it is a standard size. All of the drawers on our boat are custom sized which rules out a lot of the organizers you can buy in the store. Sure, some stores do have expandable dividers you can use, but they are expensive and in my opinion, bulky and ugly. Our utensil drawer has been driving me crazy (I’m a little type “A”) and so I searched on Pinterest for some ideas for dividing up the drawer space to organize it better. I found this article which shows how you can make DIY drawer dividers out of corrugated cardboard and contact paper. So out I went to the store to pick up a roll of adhesive contact paper and a 3 panel cardboard project presentation board (just like the one’s your kids use for science projects). The concept was super simple—just cut the boards to size, cover them in the contact paper, and cut slits in them so they nest in each other and stay up and voila! Mine don’t look quite as nice as the article, but they do the trick and it cost me less than $10 bucks. I started with a couple of the galley drawers and then moved on to some of our built-in drawers under our bed. These drawers are quite large and my clothes would just end up looking like a waded up pile. With the dividers in place, they stay neat and tidy.

Galley drawer before (left) and after (right)
Galley drawer before (left) and after (right)
All I needed was some cardboard, contact paper and xacto knife and straight edge
All I needed was some cardboard, contact paper and xacto knife and straight edge
Two panels cut and covered with contact paper
Two panels cut and covered with contact paper
Custom-made dividers for my workout clothes drawer
Custom-made dividers for my workout clothes drawer
Organized utensil drawer in the galley
Organized utensil drawer in the galley
Organized t-shirt and tank top drawer
Organized t-shirt and tank top drawer
Large, organized built-in bed drawers
Large, organized built-in bed drawers

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