Personally, I don’t have anything against junk drawers. In my mind, it’s okay to have a drawer whose contents don’t fit into a clear category, as long as you know what you’re storing in it and can easily access the stuff.
However, if you never de-junk your junk drawer, it’s hard to know what you’re storing or to find it in the drawer. Trust me, I know this from personal experience.
My kitchen junk drawer was a complete mess, so I decided to tame it. (Please don’t judge me when I tell you that I found coupons in there dating back to 2002.) I’d been putting this off, but, as it turned out, it took very little time and effort. What a pleasant surprise!
Here’s how I went about it:
The first thing I did was cover my kitchen counter with a towel, then I took items out of the drawer piece by piece, putting like things together and throwing away trash as I went along. Here’s what I ended up with:
Once I saw everything sorted into categories, it was easy to decide what I wanted to stay and what needed to go. There were a lot of tools in the drawer and my husband and I identified those that would be really useful in the kitchen and took the rest to the toolbox in the basement.
I relocated a few items (like tape and scissors) to my office. We got rid of most of those twist ties. Then I pulled out an unused drawer organizer from a desk and popped it into the junk drawer.
From there it was easy to sort the few items that we decided to keep in the drawer. Here are before and after pictures:
Start to finish, it took only about 30 minutes. I did this two weeks ago and, believe it or not, I took that after shot this morning. Not only has it been an absolute pleasure to use that drawer since I de-junked it, it’s been very easy to maintain the order!
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