I recently pulled open our junk drawer--ours is in the kitchen--to get something out of it and couldn't close it again without rearranging five other things. I thought, this is ridiculous, and resolved to do a little reorganization that day. So when my youngest went down for a nap, I distracted my toddler with a show and got to work. As I started pulling things out, I was amazed at how much there was in there: stamps, a mini speaker, a million pens, screws, gum, glue, tape, gift cards... Phew! Pretty soon my entire counter was covered with all sorts of
I started out by grouping all like items together so I could get a feel for how much I had of any given thing. Then I put away or threw away those things that didn't actually belong in the junk drawer, like tools, game pieces and outdated papers. After that, I looked at what I had to organize my drawer with and decided that if it didn't fit nicely in one of those containers then I needed to find another place for it.
After about an hour, I had a nice, clean, organized drawer. Everything now has a place and what I decided to keep in there makes a lot more sense.
A few tips about junk drawer organization:
- If you don't use it, throw it away or put it away.
- Think about what you use most often and make it easy to see and get to.
- If you don't want your kids to get into it, don't put it there. (Not that I know...)
- Limit how much you keep in your junk drawer so it doesn't become messy (again).
- Does it make sense to put there? If not, find another place for it.
What other places in your home need a little more organization?