Admit it. You have one. We all have them. The dreaded “junk drawer.” It’s the place where things end up by default and when you can’t find something; you look there first. Some of us start with one drawer, but when that one gets full, we move on to the one next to it.
Whole Living Magazine has a daily action plan challenge. Adding a daily challenge to my to-do list is not feasible all the time; but this is one that I am happy to take on! I’d like to share some tips on how to get your junk (any) drawer cleaned and organized. I have two junk drawers in the kitchen and one “storage and wrapping” drawer that has become quite a mess lately. It not only holds aluminum foil, glad wrap, and zip lock bags… but it’s the drawer that I stuff unwanted candy or treats my kids come home with (it’s where I pretend I am saving it for later). This is what it looked like before.
After a quick trip to the Dollar Tree and $2 later, I purchased some storage cubbies (3/$1). These are great to organize/separate the rubber bands, treats, name bands for cups, the few artificial sweeteners for when guests want that in their tea/coffee, and chip clips.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a “before” picture of my two junk drawers. Imagine all that stuff (plus some
lots that I threw out) thrown freely in the drawers. These drawer organizers you see below were about $6 eat at Target. Well worth the investment if you ask me!
The trick to de-junking the junk drawer is to open the drawer and put everything on the counter, clean/vacuum drawer and line if necessary. As you begin to put items back in the organizers, you must assess if the item is truly needed. BE HONEST. If you could get rid of it, toss it. I threw out 3 glue sticks and 2 dried out super glue bottles (and many other things). If things don’t fit, get rid of them or find them a new place. Have no mercy!
Do you have a junk drawer? What’s an item that doesn’t belong there that is residing there?