Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Open up your junk drawer, and you can easily see how it got it’s name! Everything that doesn’t have a specific place to go gets tossed in there. It doesn’t take long before your junk drawer is a big, cluttered, mess! Here are some tips to help you organize a junk drawer so you can find the things that are stored inside it.
Take out all the junk.
You cannot really organize a junk drawer while it is stuffed full of junk. Take everything out and put it on the floor or a nearby counter. When the junk drawer is finally empty, take a minute to clean the inside of it. Start fresh!
Toss out the garbage.
Junk drawers end up holding a lot of trash. Now is your chance to toss it out. Try each pen and marker to see if it still writes. If not, throw it away! Collect up all the old batteries that have been hidden away for years. Use a battery tester to see if the batteries hold a charge. Put the dead ones into a plastic bag and take them to Best Buy to be recycled. How old is the receipt you found? Now may be a good time to shred it.
Put like with like.
Sort out the remaining stuff that was once in the junk drawer. Put together objects that are similar. Gather up the pens and pencils. Put a rubber band around them to keep them from rolling all over the drawer. Make a pile of paperclips, another pile of rubber bands, and a third pile of thumb tacks.
Count the number of small pads of paper you have collected. If there are too many, you might want to take them to work and give them away. These are just a few suggestions. Adapt them to fit with whatever types of stuff you found in your junk drawer.
Compartments help keep things neat.
There is a really easy way to keep your junk drawer from turning into a mess again. Add some compartments for stuff to be stored in. Large junk drawers can hold a plastic silverware tray. Instead of holding knives and forks, it will hold pens and office supplies.
Smaller junk drawers can hold an ice cube tray. Put paper clips in one compartment, thumb tacks in another, and rubber bands in the next one. Ice cube trays can hold little matchbooks, twist ties, and other assorted things. It will be easy to find what you need now.
Keep the pattern.
Break yourself of the habit of throwing stuff into the junk drawer. Instead, put that paper clip with the rest of them. Add that pen to the bundle. Stick with the pattern that you have set up. This helps to reduce the amount of clutter that ends up in a junk drawer.