I’ve been spending the month of the January trying to “downsize” and clear out the clutter that I’ve accumulated over the years. It’s a daunting task, but one that is ultimately quite rewarding. One of the tasks I’ve been tackling is getting rid of old clothes, handbags, shoes, and all of the rest of the rarely-used things taking up space in my closet and dresser drawers.
As always, when I come across a product that works particularly well (or, on the flip side, one that is such a colossal waste of money I can barely stand it), I like to share that feedback here on the blog.
Last year, I purchased a couple of “Dream Drawer” dividers, and they’ve worked out just fine, but recently, I picked up a different brand that is clearly superior: OXO Expandable Drawer Organizers.
Neither brand requires any tools to install them, but the mechanisms are slightly different: the Dream Drawer dividers are spring loaded, while the OXO brand use a button that you lift up to adjust the length of the divider. After comparing the two, I can state definitively that the OXO dividers are much sturdier, and fit more snugly and securely than the Dream Drawer brand. The OXO brand costs about $2 more, but the extra expense is well worth it.
The Dream Drawer dividers have a tendency to shift around, while the OXO dividers stay put. One trick to ensure a snug fit in the drawer: place the OXO divider into the drawer on a slight angle, and then with the button in the raised position, slowly turn it so that it comes up tight against the drawer sides, and once in place, push the button down–it won’t budge after that.
The OXO dividers are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $19.99 for a set of 2. (That’s not an affiliate link, by the way–I’m not being compensated in any way for this review.) If you’re buying them online, make sure you get the right ones–the ones for dresser drawers are 4 inches high, but I’ve also seen “deep drawer” versions that are 5 inches tall, so be sure to read the product description carefully.