The junk drawer in my kitchen drives me nuts every day. I kid you not. Every time someone is looking for a glue stick or a working pen in my house, they rifle through this treasure chest of clutter and it gets less and less organized.
Color me annoyed.
So, today, I said NO to mayhem and gave myself 15 minutes to knock this sucker into some organizational shape.
First, the obligatory “before” pic in all its disheveled glory. Cringe with me, Penelopes.
Here’s my strategy for junk drawer bliss:
Step 1: Remove everything and sort it on the counter above. #notrocketscience
Step 2: Wipe that sucker out and if you are in to drawer liners, get after it. I like my drawers au natural.
Step 3: Throw away any trash that made its way into the drawer of doom. Expired coupons? Old outlet covers that you no longer need to utilize? Get rid of anything that is past its useful life. And, absolutely test out the over abundance of pen/pencils that have accumulated. Anything that doesn’t have ink or lead – toss it.
Step 4: Scan all the items and grab anything that already has a “home” in a different area of the house. Items like hair bands, bobby pins, bandaids, etc. Take the 2 minutes to do a “sweep” through the house and put those things back in their rightful place. Yep, now.
Step 5: Remove any duplicates that are left. I really don’t need 2 exacto knives in the junk drawer, and one of those suckers was basically broken anyway. Trash or put the extra item in your “back up” storage spot.
Step 6: Do a quick re-sort and place like items together.
Step 7: Scavenge the house for some items you can use as drawer organizers. I found some extra tupperware containers that had lost their lids. I also had a kitchen drawer organizer that had a second level “shelf”. I found that I could easily take the items that were in that top portion and put them in a different place and that was just what I needed to store some of my longer items.
Step 8: Place everything back in the drawer like fitting a puzzle together. My goal here was to leave as little room in the drawer for “open” space as possible. This way, NO ONE in the house has an excuse for putting scissors anywhere BUT in the scissor compartment. And the tighter you can get things to fit, the less they’ll slip and slide as you open and close the drawer.
Step 9: Now that you have a stellar looking drawer, do a quick sort/file of any papers that have accumulated on the counter. A clean counter top + an organized junk drawer = bliss.
Time spent: 15 minutes
Money spent: $0
After just a few minutes and some serious hustle going around my house putting things back in their rightful place (can I count that as exercise?) here’s the after photo ….
Now, the only question is, WHY did I wait so long to tackle this 15-minute project?