Keep the world on a string with a well-organised drawer
Keep small objects such as pins, pegs and clips in jars. That way, you’ll be able to keep track of things you’re low on and prevent annoying spills through the drawer. If you’re a fan of the old adage “waste not, want not”, save the lids. They make great paint palettes or containers for drawing pins. Paper clips, wooden pegs, push pins in jars all $12.90 from kikki.K, (09) 524 0156.
Sort pens and pencils into colours so they’re easier to find. Black mechanical pencils $5.90 each from kikki.K; other pencils stylist’s own.
First Things First
Before you start filling the drawer, plan where everything will go. Start by dividing it into sections and allocate items to each section according to size, shape, function or colour, or whatever seems logical to you. Just be sure your system makes sense to everyone who’ll be using the contents.
Set aside a “go-to” utility drawer for those essentials you always need but never know where to find. Keeping bits and pieces such as ribbon, string, sticky tape, matches, spare keys and safety pins in one place makes life so much easier. Ribbons from $1.85 and envelopes $6.60, all from kikki.K, (09) 524 0156; string dispenser $26 from Macy Home, (09) 361 3388; drawer stylist’s own.
Use boxes to separate areas and maximise space. This keeps the drawer from becoming cluttered and makes it easier to locate things quickly when you need them. Boxes from $12.40 each from kikki.K.
Story: Ellen Dorset
Photographs: Belinda Merrie
Stylist: Sarah Connell & Marcel Gull