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5 Tips for Organizing the Infamous Junk Drawer

Birdseye View of a Messy Junk Drawer Full of Random ItemsIf you’re like the majority of Homestead renters, a messy junk drawer or two would certainly be living somewhere in your house. Even organized people have a junk drawer where you can find literally everything. But if you notice you don’t know where everything is or your junk drawer can’t house any more stuff, it may be time to get it organized. The best part is that organizing your junk drawer doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming. You will only need some preparation and some helpful tips to overcome that junk drawer once and for all!

1. Empty and Sort

In order to get your junk drawer organized, the first step would be to empty it out and sort each item into piles. To be able to catch small items, place a clean towel on a flat surface to put your junk drawer items as you sort them out. Broken things and trash should be placed in the trash, while other items you just don’t use or need can be donated to a thrift shop. All items that you plan to keep should be sorted into piles while all the items to be organized should go back into the drawer.

2. Clean Up

When the drawer is emptied, please take a moment to scrub it. If you have been collecting junk in the drawer for some time, expect to take a little bit of effort to get it entirely clean. If dust or grime has collected in the corners, try using a toothbrush or other small bristle brush to clean those areas.

3. Put Away

With a clean drawer and your items categorized into piles, it’s time to organize. First, sort and put away stuff that doesn’t belong in your junk drawer. To easily do so, group together objects that are similar or that should stay in a specific room. For example, paper clips, rubber bands, and similar things can be placed with the other office supplies. Writing utensils can be stored within a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4. Create a System

For the stuff that you think you should stay in your junk drawer, think about creating an organizational system that will help keep it organized in the future. For example, you could get a sectioned drawer organizer tray, some make-up or ice cube trays, or small containers with snap-on lids to keep your items organized. You can get these items at a good price at discount stores or home stores located just about anywhere. Just be sure to measure your drawer and the organizers carefully to ensure they fit well.

5. Organize

Finally, now is the time to sort the stuff you want to keep into the trays or containers in your junk drawer. Depending on where your junk drawer is found in your house, try to only have the things that can be useful for that specific room. For example, you might place a notepad, pens or pencils, scissors, and a coupon or receipt book in the kitchen junk drawer. In the same way, junk drawers found in other rooms should only have specific, often-used items that are not useful anywhere else.

A messy junk drawer can be a nuisance. But with these simple steps, you can easily turn that junk drawer back into a neatly organized space.


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