We all have that one junk drawer that needs to be organized. Every time we open it and see the mess, we simply shrug and tell ourselves that we’ll get to it… eventually. When we do get to it, it’s only a matter of time before loose change, old receipts, batteries, and other items start to pile up again. Today, AHRN.com guest blogger Jennifer Lutz shares some creative ideas on how to organize your junk drawer — and keeping it that way.
Start with a Clean Slate
Before you can conquer the forgotten mess that is your junk drawer, you have to determine which items to keep and which ones to throw away. Follow these steps to get you started.
- Take everything out and spread the contents on a flat surface.
- Sort through the items and discard things that you don’t need. Throw out anything that’s broken, dried up, or expired.
- Group similar items together, like paper clips in one pile and envelopes in another.
Now that you’ve separated all the items in your drawer, use fun and creative ways to keep them organized. Here are some clever ideas using materials you already have at home!
Tin containers are spacious enough to carry small items, such as push pins, paper clips, and buttons. The lid also keeps your things from rolling around whenever you open and close the drawer. Label the lids or the side of the tins so that you know exactly where to look when you need them.
Small Glass Jars
Jars are always great for storage and organizing. Small jars in particular fit in drawers perfectly and the clear glass lets you see what’s inside. Use them for loose change, paper clips, and staples.
Egg cartons make the perfect organizer when it comes to trinkets. If you only need four dimples (those indents where the eggs are placed), you can cut it up and use the rest for your other drawers.
First, make sure the tray fits inside the drawer. Use them for bigger items such as rubber bands, ribbons, and scrunchies. You can even use them for accessories like earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Cereal boxes are excellent drawer dividers for your office desk or your child’s study table. They’re ideal for big items such as electric bills, notepads, pens and pencils, scissors, and rulers. Place the empty cereal box in an upright position in the drawer and mark it with a pen to see where to make the cut. The cut box should be slightly shorter so you can open and close your drawer without difficulty. Wrap them in decorative paper, like these DIY cereal box drawer dividers by I Heart Organizing.
Other Storage Ideas
- Old tea cups – For jewelry or makeup, like tubes of lipstick or gloss
- Bowls – For watches, sunglasses, and spare keys
- Ice cube trays – For rings, earrings, and other small accessories
- Pill bottles – For bobby pins and safety pins
- Film canisters – For thumb tacks, push pins, and paper clips
- Clean tuna cans – For rubber bands, beads, and binder clips
- Freezer bags – For chargers, documents, and takeout menus
- Plastic food containers – For batteries, pens and markers, and rolls of tape
- Cookie sheets – For long and narrow drawers that keep office supplies
- Line the drawer with decorative paper or non-slip pads
- Declutter every three months
- Anything that you haven’t used in the last three months goes into the trash bin
Whether you use one idea or a combination of all these, household items make your drawer more organized and help keep it that way for a long time. How about you? Do you have any ideas on organizing your junk drawer?
Meet your Contributor:
Jennifer Lutz is the home décor expert at www.christmastreemarket.com. Jennifer often blogs about home decorating and organization. You can read her most recent post, about hosting a 4th of July party, here: https://blog.christmastreemarket.com/2014/06/hosting-with-jen-4th-of-july-party-guide/.