Learning how to organize a junk drawer will make you feel accomplished. In this post, you’ll learn the steps to take to organize your junk drawer with ease.
By its very definition, a junk drawer is almost destined to be messy. Its primary function in life is to contain junk – useless stuff that you just can not bear to throw out. Given that it’s sole purpose is to store things that cannot be categorized in any other way, organizing your junk drawer can be a bit of a challenge.
Left to their own devices, junk drawers can quickly become out of control and get to the point where they can not be opened or shut without a running start. They may start to take over other drawers nearby and you can never find anything in them anyway. If any of this sounds familiar, you may have reached a junk drawer crisis.
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But fear not. There is hope for you and your junk drawer to live together in harmony. There is nothing wrong with having a junk drawer. In fact, having a drawer designated to stuff that can not otherwise be categorized is a good idea and a great way to minimize clutter in your other drawers.
The steps for how to organize a junk drawer
Before you dive into organizing a junk drawer in your home, download the free decluttering checklist to help you organize your junk drawer.
Step 1 remove everything from the drawer
The first step when organizing your junk drawer is to dump everything out of the junk drawer so that you can see exactly how much space you have versus how much stuff you are dealing with. Once you have an empty drawer. Think about using a drawer organizer that breaks the drawer down into separate smaller compartments. Once you have broken down your drawer into separate units, you can go about organizing the items.
Step 2 sort the items in the junk drawer
Go through the items carefully and throw out anything that legitimately is junk or that you will never need. Discard items that are broken. You will be surprised at how much cleaner your junk drawer will look after you’ve gotten rid of some of this stuff.
Common items you’ll find in a junk drawer
Junk drawers usually contain some common items. Common items you’ll find in a junk drawer are:
- Sauce packets like soy sauce and ketchup
- Weird plastic things
Knowing that you’re going to find old sauce packets, straws, and weird plastic things that you have no clue what it goes to makes it easy to let go of certain things.
Check expiration dates and holes in the straws. If you really have no idea what those weird plastic pieces go to, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s trash and your home will function just fine without it.
Step 3 Group things together
Go through the items that remain after you have cleared away trash and group things together. Maybe you have a bunch of elastic bands that can go together. Maybe you have a group of markers or highlighters that can all go together. Anything that makes sense logically, group together and place in one of the separate compartments.
Step 4 Find homes for items
If you find items in your junk drawer that has a “home” then put them away. If you have an office where you store rubberbands and markers and found some in this junk drawer, put them away.
When you keep things where they belong it makes it easier to keep the junk away.
Step 5 Keep it clean
Once you have organized and cleaned out your junk drawer, make it a goal to keep it that way. Make a rule for yourself that the junk drawer cannot spill out into other drawers. Set a reminder for yourself once a month or so to go through the drawer and make sure that the clutter is not getting out of control again.
Step 6 Supplies for how to organize a junk drawer
When it comes to organizing a junk drawer not many supplies are needed. Whenever I declutter a drawer I like to use a few items:
- Plastic tubs (to sort keep, donate, trash)
- Notecards (to label keep, donate, trash)What To Declutter Before The Holidays
- Drawer organizer (this will help with keeping items grouped together)
By following these 6 simple steps you’ll be able to keep your junk drawer clean and organized with ease.
I hope that you found these steps helpful and will use these when you are ready to organize your junk drawer. Download the free decluttering checklist to help you organize your junk drawer in 20 minutes or less.