I Tried It: DIY Drawer Divider

My work out clothing has never been organized. It’s always bothered me. So, I tried Design Sponge’s DIY idea. I made my own dividers out of cardboard, except I didn’t measure because I don’t believe in using measuring tapes ­čÖé ┬áHere are the directions, step by step:

1).  Hold cardboard over drawer and estimate wear you need to slice it (or your can measure if you REALLY want to), by slitting it with an exacto knife.  (Do this with all four pieces of cardboard)

2)  Cut a slot into the tops of the cardboard that will serve as your base.  Do the same to the cardboard that will help divide your drawers, except cut the slots into the bottoms of those.

3)  Fit all the pieces together and organize your drawers!!  Super easy!!

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Slit cut with an exacto knife…believe me, it doesn’t have to be very exact!!

 

 

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The finished product!

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ahh…I can find stuff in my drawers!!

 

I would say this project was worth the effort! I even labeled the compartments when I finished. Now my husband can’t tell me he doesn’t know where my clothes go when we’re folding laundry!

Cost-$0
Money Saved-At least $10. I own a couple of drawer dividers that cost $12 for a pair.


Make Your Own Accent Throw Pillows

I believe in being thankful, but the past 3 years I struggled to like my living room furniture. I was tired of looking at mis-matched pillows my husband had accumulated before we met. So, I begged my mom for help. We went hunting for fabric and decided we could re-upholster 2 chairs and 5 pillows for about $45. I jumped at the chance. Now I have a living room that forever reminds me of my mom. We spent a lot of time working on it! Plus, I saved a ton of money by NOT buying pre-made pillows or chairs.

Don’t know how to sew a pillow? Go HERE

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Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Due to lack of employment after our big move to NJ, I started looking up do-it-yourself recipes that could help save cash. I decided I wanted to try to make granola bars. Here are a couple of links to get you started.

Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

I have found that there are a million different recipe’s out there. I’m pretty sure a chimpanzee could bake them. They are that easy! I cut my bars and store them in sandwich bags. My hubby then enjoys them at work. I’m not sure how much money this will save you, but I’m pretty sure they taste BETTER. Plus, they aren’t processed. If you want to save MORE money, skimp on the extra’s like chocolate chips, dried fruit, ect.

This is the recipe that I have used in the past. It’s pretty basic.

Chewy Granola Bars
4.5 cups of rolled oats (I often substitute one cup of rolled for steel cut)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup butter softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
a handful or two of chocolate chips
a handful of golden raisins
a bit of coconut
(I like to improvise if you can’t tell)
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 in pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups of assorted chocolate. chips, raisins ect.

3. Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 18-22 minutes. Make sure it looks golden brown before removing from oven. Cool for 10 minutes. Cut into bars. Make sure the bars are cool before removing or serving.

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