Someone asked me last week how I organized my essential oils and essential oils supplies. It was then I realized that I really DON’T organize them….until NOW! :-) I wish I could remember who posed the question…because I owe that person a big THANK YOU for the motivation I needed to get my growing “Fragrant Pharmacy” in order.
I began looking for ideas online, and I will share those further down in this post, but it wasn’t until a trip to Costco last week that I found what I didn’t even know I was looking for!
Expandable wooden drawer storage boxes with adjustable dividers.
Up until that point I hadn’t even CONSIDERED a DRAWER as a possible place to store my collection, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense…especially for lots of small bottles of essential oils. They don’t need much “headroom”, so parking them on a shelf in a cupboard or closet is just a lot of wasted space (which is exactly where mine were parked.)
Like I said, I found these as drawer organizers at Costco for $15.99 (regularly priced $19.99) and decided to get TWO because while I knew I wouldn’t need both BOXES for my oils…I was most likely going to need both sets of dividers! Besides, I had no doubt I could find a use for the second box. :-)
Probably THE hardest part of this whole project was giving up one of the large drawers in my kitchen! I only have 8 drawers TOTAL in my kitchen, so sparing one was brutal. But the more I examined the contents of those drawers, the more I realized I could EASILY get rid of the equivalent of one large drawerful of stuff and hardly even miss it! So that’s what I did first: Purged the drawers!
I decided to make one of the drawers to the left side of my refrigerator the designated essential oils drawer. I wanted it sort of out of the way AND I didn’t want to give up any of the drawers next to the sink and the dishwasher.
After taking a long, hard look at these two drawers it didn’t take me long to consolidate two drawers into one. A lot of the stuff in the left-hand drawer was stuff I never even used! And a lot of it the hubster uses only when he fires up the smoker. THAT stuff goes in the garage…with all the other BBQ paraphernalia. :-)
Now that I had created one empty drawer space, time to ORGANIZE IT! :-)
It took a few tries and several different configurations of the adjustable dividers…but I couldn’t be happier with the results!
Now since I know not everyone is going to have access to these particular adjustable wooden boxes…I wanted to make sure I gave you a few more options as well. (However, if you DO have access to these….RUN, don’t WALK, to your nearest Costco and buy some!)
First off…I have had THIS idea on my “To Do List” for a LONG time! Making drawer dividers out of cereal boxes! I just LOVE this idea (found at IHeartOrganizing.com) and it would be a VERY inexpensive alternative…not to mention ECO-FRIENDLY! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! :-)
The following were some other ideas I came across before I located the Costco boxes.
3-Tiered DIY Cake Stand turned into a craft supplies holder.
Don’t forget to search for coupons when shopping for organizers.
And what did I do with that extra set of boxes I bought??? Organized two MORE drawers in my kitchen, of course! :-)
All in all I’d say it was a good day’s work! :-)
How do you organize YOUR “collections”?