Organizing my junk drawer for good is something that I seem to struggle with within my home. Let’s be honest, everyone has a junk drawer, even if they don’t want to admit it!
It’s that no-holds-barred place in a home for anything that will fit. You can often find it in the command central of most houses; the kitchen.
This is our kitchen and I’ve been doing lots of cleaning and organizing the last couple of days.
After reading this Marie Kondo interview, where she gives a bit more insight into her ‘tidying’ philosophy, I felt even more inspired to keep organizing.
So, today it was time to tackle the cabinets and drawers!
It seems that everything that doesn’t have a place in the rest of the house ends up in the junk drawer. We affectionately call it “the drunk drawer” since it looks like someone was slightly off tossing everything in 😉
The result is a messy drawer overflowing with clutter. The good news is, you don’t have to lose the battle of the junk drawer!
There are ways to get this space under control that you might not have thought of.
Here are some tips on how to get that junk drawer organization done for good so that you can make the most of this space!
Junk Drawer Organization – Tips for an Organized and Clutter-Free Junk Drawer!
1. Empty Your Junk Drawer Completely First
First things, first! Empty the drawer out entirely so you can get an idea of how much space you have to work with. This step also allows you to see everything in the drawer and evaluate what you need and don’t need. So grab a bag, and dump that drawer out!
2. Measure the Drawer’s Dimensions
When is the last time you measured the junk drawer? Take measurements of the width, length, and depth, and see how much space you have to work with. This information will come in handy when you buy organizational baskets and inserts.
3. Find The Right Inserts
Now that you know the measurements find inserts to fit.
These inserts are perfect for keeping all those small items organized. They are great for pens, pencils, office supplies, chargers, and all the other small objects that tend to end up in this drawer.
I did double duty in my kitchen, utilizing some small older plastic food containers that I was going to toss.
4. My Junk Drawer Golden Rule to Keep it Clutter-free
Throw out anything you haven’t used in 60 days.
If you haven’t used it, trash it.
Don’t hang onto something and add to the clutter because you think you might use it. Instead, stick to the rule that if you haven’t used it in 60 days, you don’t need it. This should help clear away a good deal of items taking up precious space. Then give it a good cleaning.
My junk drawer looks pretty disgusting, but most of it is the scratches to the MDF board that I used inside.
To fix this issue, I used some Simple Green and paper towels and it came out looking good.
5. Store It Elsewhere
Hair ties, makeup, jewelry, and other accessories that have a home should not be in the junk drawer.
Remove all of these items and find them a proper home.
Does your significant other have a drawer of his own? This is my husband’s drawer and never the two shall mix! His drawer is neatly organized with plastic bins in another area of the kitchen close to the back door, so he can grab and go.
6. Keep Checking Weekly
Spend 20 minutes a week checking the drawer and cleaning out unnecessary items.
Winning the war of the clutter is a marathon, not a sprint. Spend a few minutes each week checking on the drawer and removing any items that don’t belong in it.
7. Establish Clear Rules
Make sure that your spouse and children know that the junk drawer is a group effort. Encourage them to help out in maintaining it and be mindful of how they use it. This will help avoid the clutter from creeping back in.
And if you’re looking for more ideas on how to organize and declutter your home, don’t forget to check this post about the Do’s and Dont’s of the KonMarie method.
Are you ready to say conquer junk drawer organization? Then try these tips on how to get rid of the junk drawer for good, and reclaim your drawer space once and for all. Your beautiful kitchen will love you for it!
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