Live Simply Loser: Spring Loaded Dream Drawer Organizers

May 2, 2013
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Update from the future: I take back this whole post. Nevermind the whole thing. The Dream Drawers are great, and have become my go-to choice for closet drawers. Turns out I had to learn how to use them was all, and using them properly means don’t go trying to force the springs. If they don’t fit the drawers then they don’t fit the drawers. And if they do they’re, well, how much would you want to kill me if I said they were a dream?


 

File today’s post under “you say tomato, I say tomahto,” or some other idiom which refers to a differing of opinions about the success of a organizational product. Is there an expression for that?

Point being, The Container Store’s product page for the Dream Drawer Organizers is busting over with five stars and rave reviews from customers all, “I’m in love with these!” “Best ever!!!!” “They do the trick!” If by trick the customer in question is referring to their instant and seemingly magic ability to render themselves entirely useless and a pile of junk by way of a loose spring, I think she’s onto it.

Okay, so I guess I should explain. One of my clients purchased a whole load of these for organizing drawers throughout her house. And, okay, they really aren’t the worst things ever created by man.

In fact, if they actually do fit your drawers, they are a cinch. Yes, fine. They give you insta-divided sections. But, if you have to struggle even the slightest bit in order to make them fit, they will reveal themselves as the cheap-ness that they are. I’ve broken about five now, and I don’t break things on the job.

Let me try my best to describe: they’re made up of two plastic parts, one of which fits into the other by way of a metal spring. You push in on the end of the plastic and the spring compresses, allowing you to fit the divider into place. But (back to the but) if you exert just a tad too much force when pushing the end in, the spring will ka-jolt out of place, the plastic part shooting out of its partner and nearly taking out your eyeball. And, once the spring has “ka-jolted,” the second plastic part (eyeball scooper) will have inevitably snapped off some tiny but major nib, prohibiting you from ever reconstructing the divider– THOUGH YOU MAY TRY AND TRY AGAIN REGARDLESS.

I guess the bottom line is, if you measure your drawers prior to purchasing these and ensure they’ll fit comfortably, you’ll be fine, and may even side with the aforeblogged reviewers. If you fail to measure previous to purchasing, if you attempt to defy the laws of gravity even the slightest, you will fail and perchance be down an eye.

In general, I would always recommend divided inserts rather than actual dividers. That won’t be clear, will it? Such as the likes of these:

Closet & Vanity: Linen Drawer Organizer // Eco-Stripe Organizer (w/ brown trim), Bathroom/Office: Acrylic Stacking Tray // Bamboo Expandable Utility Drawer Organizer Kitchen: OXO Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer

So tell me, have you ever tried the Dream Drawer Organizers? Maybe you can share the secret to success with them?

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  1. Morgan on May 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    This post is over 5 years old, but I found it because I had the exact experience you had, trying to fit it into my drawer. I measured, and it fits, but I had to push a bit too hard and the whole thing broke, and I attempted to put it back together but gave up pretty quickly and came to Google whether it was possible to fix. I’m glad to hear that they work for people, but I think I will be returning all 6 I purchased, and finding another solution. SIGH!

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  1. Morgan on May 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    This post is over 5 years old, but I found it because I had the exact experience you had, trying to fit it into my drawer. I measured, and it fits, but I had to push a bit too hard and the whole thing broke, and I attempted to put it back together but gave up pretty quickly and came to Google whether it was possible to fix. I’m glad to hear that they work for people, but I think I will be returning all 6 I purchased, and finding another solution. SIGH!

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