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How to Organize Your Junk Drawer

Posted by Andie on September 13, 2018

I don't care how organized and put together you are; everybody has a junk drawer!  Am I right?  Your junk drawer may look a lot better than mine, but we've all got 'em.  And the truth of the matter is, most of our junk drawers could probably use a little tender love & care, or maybe even a total refresh.  If it looks like a bomb exploded every time you open your junk drawer, this post is for you!  Here are some simple steps that will help you create an organized, beautiful looking multi-use drawer in 20 minutes or less....



1. Empty everything out
The only way to properly clean out your junk drawer is to dump all of the contents out.  Every last thing.  Once everything is has been unloaded stop for a moment and admire your drawer's emptiness.

2. Dust or vacuum the drawer
Before you start loading items back in, make sure you are starting with a clean slate.  Grab a dust cloth, or a vacuum and clean that puppy out.

3. Throw half of the drawer's contents away
This might be a bit of an exageration, but I'm being pretty serious.  There's a good chance there are lots of loose papers, take-out menus, junk mail, etc that can go straight to the garbage.  Also, if you have items in there that you haven't looked at or used in a year, throw them away immediately- you don't need them!  

4. Sort the leftover items into similar groupings
Start making little piles.  Put all of the post-it notes together, all of the pens together, glue sticks, markers, keys, etc.  

5. Invest in some organizers
This is CRUCIAL.  Every single time I've ever tried to organize a drawer without organizing bins or aids of some sort, the project has completely failed after a week tops.  They don't have to be fancy or expensive, but they DO have to be functional.  Organizers will be a game changer when it comes to keeping your junk drawer from getting junky!

6. Put it all Together
It might be a junk drawer, but that doesn't mean it can't look pretty!  Here are some examples...

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