Here’s is an easy project to start off the new year. Tackle the clutter in your desk using scrap wood from around the house. If you don’t have any wood, all you need is some hobby boards, which you can find at any craft or home improvement store; a table saw or miter saw; and some glue.

Begin by removing the drawer from your desk, Clean it out, then break out the measuring tape.

Once you have the width, height, and length, plan out how you want your drawers organized. This drawer is fairly small, with one-foot sides all around. We went with a simple plus shape, but for bigger drawers just add extra branches to your vertical piece.

Make your cuts using either a miter or table saw.

Using sandpaper or a palm sander, smooth the edges.

Glue your pieces together with a quality wood glue, like Titebond.

Use a straw to remove the excess glue from the wood. (This is one of the hundreds of Simple Solutions we feature on our website. Check out this video to learn more about this trick.)

Once everything is dry, install your new organizer.

Now your desk is decluttered.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I would like my husband to organize his shop in the back of our house. I have asked him for years. I believe he has not started because it is a big mess and he needs someone other than me nagging him. He has bought two of tools because he can not find it in the shop. We have a small house 1500 sq. ft and would like to know how to turn our garage into a living room and separate wall for pantry. Our garage is attached onto the house. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Rookie question: How are the pieces joined in the middle? Since the drawer is 12″ wide and deep, is one piece cut into two 6″ pieces, or is a slot cut into the 12″ piece or some other solution. Thanks!

    • Hi, Mary,
      We used Titebond wood glue to join all four pieces together.
      However, you could certainly create a divider with two pieces of wood; just add a slot as you mentioned.
      Thanks for your question!

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