Mini Organizing Challenge – Budget (& mail) Drawer

June 5, 2013

Mini organizing challenges ABFOL - Utensil Drawer


A Bowl Full of Lemons mini organizing challenges are created to help you get your house in order, a little at a time. To find the past challenges, visit here.  Last month, we created a Household Budget Binder.  Today, your mini challenge is to create a designated “Budget Drawer” that will house all of your bill paying necessities. This drawer can also be used to keep any mail related items.  Do you have a hard time finding everything you need when it comes to paying bills or sending a letter in the mail?  Once you complete this mini challenge, you will be all set!

Budget Drawer ABFOL 1

Items needed for the Budget & Mail Drawer:

1. Envelopes (Different sizes)

2. Stamps

3. Envelope opener

4. Address labels/Address stamp

5. Thank you cards

6. Extra Checks

7. Calculator

Budget Drawer ABFOL 2


I purchased my address stamp on etsy.


Budget Drawer ABFOL 4


Stamps & address labels go in this section.


Budget Drawer ABFOL 3


I keep extra checks here.


Budget Drawer ABFOL 5


This mini challenge should take no time at all to put together!  You can keep it in your kitchen or your office.  Have fun!


Happy Organizing!

42 comments on “Mini Organizing Challenge – Budget (& mail) Drawer

  1. Kayla says:

    Great Idea! I’ll have to get on this, my gears are turning right now. Gonna go write down some ideas to get started! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Allie says:

    Love this – where did you get the plastic organizer?

    • Toni says:

      Its from Ikea. 🙂

      • Filomena says:

        I love the plastic organizer! I will try to get some next time I go to IKEA. I have my “mail station” already organized, in a basket. It’s so comfortable for me, I just carry it with me wherever I want (if I feel like writing in the living room or the dining room I just take it there; if I stay in the home office I just put it on my desk). I have plastic envelopes for stamps, another for thank you cards, another for address labels,… Can I take a pic and show it to you?

  3. Cece says:

    I love this post and will be doing this very soon. By chance, where did you purchase the plastic container that holds it all? Thank you and I’m so in love with your site.

  4. I love the clear drawer dividers! I need to order an addres stamp, what a time saver that would be!

  5. Delyn Metcalfe says:

    Do you remember where you bought your drawer dividers?

  6. Julie B. says:

    Okay, I guess I may be the first to ask but where did your purchase the clear container that everything fits so nicely in??


  7. Sue says:

    Can I ask where you got the nifty little organizer?

  8. Nancy says:

    What type of drawer organizer did you use? If your able to where was it purchased? I like how it looks. Thanks!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where did you purchase the plastic organizer?

  10. Nancy Miller says:

    Where did you purchase the plastic organizer??

  11. AmyMpls says:

    What’s from Ikea? Just kidding. Thanks, this is exactly what I need to do.

  12. doreen says:

    Great organization and tutorial. Everything looks so accessible. I transformed a mail organizer recently to hold all my stamps, mail, stapler, etc. It has actually helped keep things organized!

  13. Kenna says:

    I did this mini challenge this morning. I found a set of checks for an account I had recently closed, so I decided to shred them. I caught my shredder on fire! It was smoking and actually caught the paper on fire as well. I unplugged it and put it outside on the deck. LOL But my bill paying drawer is now beautifully organized. Thanks for this challenge.

  14. Amber B. says:

    Where did you get the colorful envelopes or are they notecards?

  15. What wonderful organizational ideas you have! And what a GREAT on as a birthday surprise for me! 😉 I am still trying to get our ‘new’ (moved in at the beginning of January) organized and styled. Trying to find what works for our schedules, life, and family. Also, since we currently rent, trying to figure out things that are ‘temporary’ and ‘mobile’ so we don’t put money into someone else’s house. Love love love all of your ideas, and look forward to the next challenge!

  16. Joy says:

    Can’t find the tray at Ikea website

  17. kelly says:

    Is the organizer from Ikea? (hehe, I just had to…)

  18. Sabrina says:

    I love small mini organizing challenges. It allows people to organize without feeling overwhelmed in the process. Drawers are a great place to start.

  19. laura says:

    cant find the tray at ikea do u know the name of it?

    • Toni says:

      I dont remember. It was in the area where the kitchen islands and drawer organizers are kept. It was about 8 months ago.

    • Anonymous says:

      Online it is listed as a basket organizer/tray.

  20. L.L. says:

    I have no extra drawers in my apt. I only have 2 small drawers in my kitchen, and I have no desk. what can I use instead?

  21. laura says:

    thank u for answering me toni 🙂

  22. Great post! I need to organize my mail drawer — I am always misplacing my stamps!

  23. Jo Jo says:

    I found the plastic organizer by Ikea online. It is called Atonius . On Ikea’s website it is under secondary storage.

  24. Amanda says:

    Such a good idea…working on mine tonight 🙂

  25. anon. says:

    do u know if Ikea still has those organizers?

  26. ruby says:

    this is awesome !!!… i just stumbled upon your site and im in looooooveee!!!!…..good to know im not the only one obsessed with organizing and budgeting anf coponing and crazy about pens!!

  27. Sally says:

    What cabinet is this? is that a file drawer underneath?

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