Who among us can honestly say that their drawers always look pristine? If you can truthfully admit that your clothes are always impeccably folded and organized, then kudos to you! But for the majority of us, those beautiful drawers seem like a goal that we’ll never quite get around to.

Here’s a secret about organized drawers: you don’t have to spend all your free time folding clothes to keep drawers tidy. Not if you have drawer dividers, you don’t!

Drawer dividers are a handy tool that work to keep your clothes separated, organized, and neat. In the span of your big drawer, it’s easy for socks and underwear to get all jumbled up. But in a small, confined space? Let’s just say that your socks and underwear won’t be fraternizing anymore.

You can purchase drawer dividers pretty much anywhere, in store or online. But to make this organizational hack that much better, you can actually make drawer dividers for next to nothing!

No need for extreme craftiness on this project, all you need is a few simple tools to get the job done! You can get your drawers divided and organized within the hour for the grand cost of $1. We think you can sacrifice four quarters to get your drawers in tip-top shape, don’t you?

Stop by your local Dollar Store or craft store to get the supplies you need — you might even have them sitting around your house already! When you have everything compiled, here’s what you’ll have to do.

DIY Drawer Dividers


  • Scissors
  • Foam board
  • Measuring tape
  • Box cutter/Xacto knife
  • Pencil


  1. First, decide how you want your drawers divided; into how many sections, for instance. One you’ve decided, use your measuring tape to take the measurements of each section. (Don’t forget to measure the depth of the drawer, as well.)
    How to make a DIY clothes divider.ohafewofmyfavthings
  2. Transfer your measurements onto the foam board. You can just use your measuring tape and pencil to do this, although this video uses some painter’s tape to mark which outline was which section of the drawer. This may help you determine how to put everything together later on.
  3. Cut out your shapes using your scissors or your Xacto knife. (If you don’t have an Xacto, they cost about $3, but it might be worth the investment considering the sharp cuts they can create.)
    Dividers all cut out.ohafewofmyfavthings
  4. Create your notches towards the end of each board. Each notch should have a width slightly larger than the width of your board and a height half the total height of your board.
    Notches drawn on dividers.ohafewofmyfavthings
  5. To assemble, slide all the notches together, connecting the boards.
  6. Remove the clothes from your drawer so you can place your connected dividers inside.
    Drawer organized with finished dividers.ohafewofmyfavthings

Once the dividers are in, take a moment to fold your clothing items. This might be a good time to donate anything you don’t wear anymore (as long as they’re not intimates) and organize everything else into their own section.

By the time you’re finished, you won’t even recognize your drawers! This is the cheapest, easiest way to stop the chaos of your dresser drawers and institute a little organization.

What do you think of this cheap DIY? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.