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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Getting organised

Principle 11: Use edges and value the marginal

Have you ever been frustrated that you can't find what you are looking for? I have.
The other day, while my family was away in Japan, I was searching through my drawers for a pair of clean undies. I just about emptied it out before I found my last pair, then I had to pack everything else back away. That was it! I was going to deal with problem once and for all.
With bits of scrap plywood I worked on an idea that I had of creating dividers. Rather than build boxes, I made a 'H' type frame which created 5 spaces using just 4 pieces of ply. The two sides could be adjusted by sliding the 'unit' to one side. I decided to create another smaller one to further divide the space, which was useful for smaller items.
Dividing the large space in the drawers into smaller spaces (creating edge) I could place like items together, and make it easy to find what I'm looking for. Not only that but it's much easier to pack stuff away! A nice litte and rewarding job to do.

Drawer with two dividers fitted to separate clothes and make it easier to find stuff

Plywood frame to fit into drawer as a divider

Having separate frames allows them to slide and change the size of the space

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