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We all have a junk drawer. Don’t say you don’t. And admit it: it’s full junk, of course. Otherwise, it would be just another drawer.
So, organizing the junk drawer is a bit of a paradox to me being that ‘junk’ is something that shouldn’t be organized but thrown away. But, what are you going to do? It will always hold some kind of junk, no matter how many times you try to organize it.
All in all, the junk drawer is -and will always be- that drawer where all random things and loose ends converge. I have no problem sharing the contents of our kitchen’s junk drawer with you…
As long as I have an ‘after’ picture that makes up for it!
Nice change, uh? Now, onto what I found in the junk drawer and how I minimized the junk and maximized the space.
What I Found in The Junk Drawer
- A stash of old business cards. Yeah, I too wish it was a stash of cash 😛
- Two pennies. Two. pennies. Again, no cash.
- Countless markers, pens, and pencils. Don’t ask how many were actually in fine working order.
- An eraser, 4 sets of keys.
- 3 flashlights. Again, don’t ask.
- 10 take out menus. Please ask: how many of these restaurants do we take out from? Just 2.
- 6 notepads, a coupon book, an old checkbook
- Phone and tablets chargers, birthday candles and
- More junk. plain. junk.
This is a funny one. You can only turn 4 once in a lifetime… Or 40… (but I don’t need that candle yet!). Apparently, I misplaced the #4 candle I had bought for my son’s birthday last year, and it turned out in the junk drawer, of course. I gave it to my neighbor whose daughter was turning 4 the very next day I cleaned out the drawer. Talk about good timing.
The Junk Drawer Organizer
You know when you go ‘shopping’ but you are not really sure what you are shopping for? Yep. I do that all the time. I walk around Marshalls, Ross, Target, Home Goods, you name it… and I just browse and look around, and pick up things and look for a way to somehow incorporate those things in my home. That’s me.
My mom and I have this joke when we go on these said ‘shopping’ trips. I pick up things and look at her and ask: ‘What do you think I can do with this? Like… for what?’ In other words: How can I convince myself that I need this?. We think it’s really funny.
Anyway, In one of those trips, I found this bamboo drawer organizer. And look how nice it blends in my junk drawer.
Look at it in the picture above. Now, look at it in the picture below.
It’s an expandable bamboo drawer organizer! So, it measures 12″ in the first picture but it expands up to 19″ wide. The exact width of my junk drawer. Sweet!
And some of the compartments ‘walls’ are removable!
- Find a similar bamboo drawer organizer here*.
What to Keep in the Junk Drawer?
I came to a resolution: no paper is allowed in the junk drawer. Ever. Except for the sticky notes.
Paper should be recycled, filed or shredded. Period. You put it in the junk drawer and it will be forgotten for years. So, when we receive coupons, take out menus, unwanted mail, etc., we immediately sort them and, either save them in a separate place or bring them to the home office if it is a receipt, bill or important correspondence. The rest is either shredded or recycled.
Each household is different of course, but these are the things that I keep in our junk drawer. I keep just a few of each. If you need more than that at the time, you must go to the home office, garage, bathroom, etc. and look for it.
- Car and house keys
- Car spare keys
- Phone and gadgets chargers
- Tweezers, antibiotic cream and band-aids
- Pencils, pens, markers, ruler
- Birthday candles, lighter.
- Erasers, rubber bands, pencil sharpener
- Sticky notes
- Pushpins, paper clips, and a mini-stapler
- Double sided tape, safety scissors, glasses repair kit, hairband
- Flashlights, wire ties, stamps, glue, tape
Some things like batteries, screwdrivers, letter openers, sharp scissors, we still keep out of reach of our son. So far, this junk drawer organization and system has worked for us. It’s been a week and still in order! Woohoo!
I would love to read your opinion on this mini-makeover! Get in the conversation and let me know:
What are the must have items in your junk drawer?