Paper Shopping Bag Drawer Organizers

Introduction: Paper Shopping Bag Drawer Organizers

Hi! This is my first Instructable, and I did a search to see if someone had posted something similar but couldn't find anything, so here goes.

Quickly and easily make drawer compartments out of old paper shopping bags!

Step 1: Materials

For this instructable, you'll need a paper shopping bag and possibly a pair of scissors, depending on the height of your bag and the depth of your drawer. Shallower bags, like the small Victoria's Secret bags you get when you buy underwear, often don't require trimming.

The size of the bottom rectangle of the bag will be the size your your drawer compartment, so the number of compartments you can fit in a drawer will obviously depend on the size of your bags.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Place your paper bag in the drawer and note approximately how deep you can make your compartment. You'll want to cut an inch or two (or three) above that.

Step 3: Measure Again and Fold

Okay, now place the bag that you have cut into the drawer and fold the edges inward at a height such that the drawer can close without hitting the bag. It's better to fold the bag here rather than cut at this height because the folded layer gives the rim some rigidity and stability and keeps the compartment open. Otherwise, the paper bag opening would close because of the folds already on the sides.

You're done! Enjoy your new compartments and more organized drawer.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice idea. I'm going to use this with the millons of bags sitting at home.

    Phil B
    Phil B

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea. My wife and I had tense discussions about my "stuff" strewn around the house, and about how it moved out of sight to undisclosed locations in the dead of night. We resolved most of that when I bought a man chest of drawers. But, some of the drawers now have layers of my man stuff and I need to organize like you have done. I am thinking I might use some smaller cardboard boxes.