I have seen all kinds of junk drawers and one thing they all have in common is that they are full of mystery and surprise! Junk drawers happen because we don’t know what to do with all the little stuff in our lives, so we throw it in a drawer.
Below are my basic steps for organizing a junk drawer (or drawers) and at the end of the post is a segment of Organize Your Life that I did a few years ago on junk drawer organizing.
If this picture looks like your junk drawer, fear not. Just follow the steps below to organize it. The specific containers you use are not that big of deal and don’t buy any until you have done step one! Try to use things you already have like, ice cube trays, small cups that will fit in the drawer, and plastic baggies.
1. Dump it out:
Empty out the contents of the drawers
Separate everything out into categories
Test all pens to see if they work, try the keys to see if they are the right ones for your locks, & toss out any mystery items
You can use sandwich baggies to group loose items together
2. Buy a drawer organizer-any type will do. Find one you love!
If the drawer is deep look for one that has stacking ability. You can use more than one in this case
If the drawer is wide, consider drawer separators.
Use any containers that are fun, fit in the drawer nicely, easy to open and close, and can be labeled.
3. Fill the organizer with the remaining contents:
Put most used items on the top or near the front of the drawer
Group like items together-keys with keys, pens with pens, etc
This is not a storage unit, but a functional area. So only keep one of everything in the drawer. Have your back stock or refill supplies in another area.
Use baggies, plastic containers, wooden cups or bowls, or small baskets to house loose items.
4. When organizing batteries and cords:
Use a plastic container for batteries. Group sizes and types into separate plastic baggies that you can easily see through and label clearly. Keep all batteries in the ONE container.
Use zip ties, rubber bands or Velcro straps to bundle up cords. You can also use plastic baggies for each cord.
5. Coins & tools:
Use a jar, a bowl, or a money bag for coins. Place it where its easy to toss the coins in and easy to retrieve when needed.
Keep a hammer, two screwdrivers, and a small nail kit in the junk drawer. Can bag these up together to form a utility kit.
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