Organizing Your Junk Drawer

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Junk Drawer

I’m willing to bet that even the most organized person on the face of the planet has a junk drawer. Regardless of how “together” everything else in your home is, we all need a place where we can dump that stuff that piles up and doesn’t really have another to permanently live. But, just because it’s called a “junk drawer”, doesn’t mean it needs to be a disorganized mess.

What’s in a junk drawer?

Obviously, the contents of a junk drawer will vary from person to person. But, it’s basically a catchall (for some reason, it’s usually in the kitchen) that holds the hodgepodge of items that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Everything from pens, lighters, and spare keys to coupons, business cards, and paint swatches are usually found in your junk pile.

How do I organize my junk drawer?

Making order of your junk drawer can seem impossible. After all, it’s a collection of stuff that is basically impossible to organize. But, don’t stress! I’ve got a few tips for implementing some organization in that overflowing, chaotic drawer.

1. Empty the drawer.

As with anything, you’ll have a much easier time organizing the drawer’s contents if you can actually see everything that’s in there. Take everything out of the drawer and spread it out on your largest kitchen counter.

2. Categorize the contents.

Again, a main principle of organizing is grouping like items together. So, put all of your lighters and matches in one pile, and all of your mailing supplies (i.e. stamps, address labels, envelopes, and letter opener) in another. Continue with all of your stuff until everything is grouped together. Now’s also a good time to see if you’re hanging on to things that are best kept elsewhere. Perhaps those loose screws should go in your toolbox and those random business cards should be filed in your office.

You can also consider moving spare keys out of the junk drawer. Purchasing a wall hook for keys is a great way to keep them organized within arm’s reach. You can also pick up some tags, so you can keep track of which key opens what.

Obviously, you’ll also want to discard any trash at this point. There’s no use keeping garbage — even if it is in a “junk” drawer.

3. Utilize drawer organizers.

Now that you have your separate categories sorted out, you’ll probably want to keep them separated within the drawer. Drawer organizers will come in handy for this!

There are numerous options when it comes to drawer storage. You can pick up some trays with different compartments at an office supply store. Or, you can use individual shallow baskets and trays and position them in the drawer yourself. You can even make use of an empty ice cube tray for small items like paperclips, thumbtacks, and safety pins. Feel free to get creative!

Once you’ve loaded your drawer with your organizers, your new and improved junk drawer is ready to go. Now, you know exactly what you have, things are easy to find, and you have a system in place for maintaining that organization. Despite the deceiving “junk drawer” name, your kitchen catchall is now an organizational masterpiece!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.