Organization Hack: Junk Drawers

I can almost guarantee that if I were to ask each of you individually if you have a junk drawer, 90% of you would say yes.  Somehow that junk drawer is typically located in the kitchen. It ends up being the drawer that catches all the little things that you don’t have anywhere else to put. Most of the time that junk drawer has office supplies in it like pens, pencils, scissors, paperclips, tape, glue, notepads, etc. However, some junk drawers have random items like soy sauce packets, straws, batteries, keys, birthday candles, lighters, buttons, and other odds and ends that make no sense at all. The drawer basically becomes a dumping ground for all things.  It is kind of like the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.”  I have seen some junk drawers that are so full that you can’t open them because something is inevitably stuck at the top or drawers that you can’t close all the way because it is overflowing. 

What happens when you actually need something and can’t find it? Where do you look? Well, if you are heading to the junk drawer to find it, the chances are that it won’t be easy. How many times have you looked for something in the junk drawer and ended up having to dump the whole drawer out on the counter to find it? I can almost bet that you have had to do that at least once but more likely a dozen times. How annoying is that? I will tell you that it would drive me nuts.  Wouldn’t it be so much easier if everything you owned had a home and you could find it whenever you needed it? You can! It’s call being organized! Yes, it may take a little time to get everything set up in the beginning but it is so worth the time you will save in the long run.  You will no longer be running frantically around the house looking for something. You will no longer have to make a bigger mess because you can’t find something in the mess you already have! 

Guess what? I do not have a junk drawer! I know it is hard to believe, but it is true. Giving your things a home means that you aren’t going to shove it in a random drawer where it will be lost forever.  It is so easy to get yourself organized.  All you need are a few tools that will help.  My favorite thing about organizing it having a designated spot for everything. I love using baskets and small containers to keep things together.  To keep myself from having a junk drawer, I put organizers in the drawers.  What I am using right now is certainly not anything fancy.  It is simply a kitchen utensil tray.  That’s right. It’s that simple. Now, I know that I have a large drawer that I can fit it all in, but the same concept works in smaller drawers too.  You just have to find smaller storage options.  I have included several below that would work great. The other thing that helps keep this drawer from becoming a junk drawer is that I have a location for all of the other things you would typically find in a junk drawer.  For example, you won’t find batteries in my junk drawer because they have a home in a basket in a storage closet.  You won’t find candles in my junk drawer because they have a home in a small cup in my baking cabinet. You won’t find keys in my junk drawer because they have a home on a hook elsewhere. You won’t find button in my junk drawer because I have a basket for those in a storage closet.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, baskets are a staple in my house. The point is, if you have a designated spot for all of your things, you are less likely to throw random things in a drawer that you call “junk.” If it really was just junk, wouldn’t you throw it away? It is not junk. It just needs its own home. 

Check out these things that will help make organizing your drawers easy and efficient.

1. Expandable Utensil Organizer (Target)

This one is great because you can adjust the size to fit your particular sized drawer.

Image grabbed from Target.com

2. Interlocking Drawer Set (Target)

These are great for containing small items or for smaller drawers. The medium size is what you see above holding all of my Post It notes. I will show you next week how I used these same containers to organize all of my jewelry in a dresser drawer.

Image grabbed from Target.com

3. 6 Compartment Drawer Organizer (Target)

This is another great option for larger drawers. I love that it has 3 different sized compartments.

Image grabbed from Target.com


4. Desk Drawer Organizer (Target)

I love this one because it has labels already on it for what goes in each section, but, of course, you don’t have to go by the labels if you don’t want to.

Image grabbed from Target.com

Don’t want to spend money to get organized? Check out this post from Zillow to see how to organize your junk drawer without spending a dime. They offer some really neat solutions using items already found in your house. 

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