The dreaded junk drawer. It seems that no matter what you do, this area will never stay clean and organized! Until now. Read on to find out how to finally tame your troublesome junk drawer!
In my Declutter This Facebook group, I recently did a video to help one of the members clean and organize her junk drawer. (Join the group here. It’s free, and you can watch the video, plus all the other virtual decluttering sessions I’ve done!)
Just like you, I’ve tried to organize my junk drawer many times before, but it always descends into chaos.
I’ve discovered that there’s one thing that is imperative if you want to keep your junk drawer organized:
Whichever type of organizer you use must come up to the top of the drawer. What I mean is, it must be the same height as the drawer (or slightly lower).
If you get kitchen organizers that are intended for utensils, they are typically not tall enough. Then what happens is that items spill from one container or section to the next. After three days, nobody can tell what is supposed to go where, and people just drop things wherever.
But if you get (or create) containers or dividers that are tall and deep, items won’t fall into neighboring compartments.
Let me show you how I tamed my junk drawer.
Here’s a picture of it before:
I decided to make my own dividers by using the bottoms of cereal and cracker boxes.
First, I measured the height of the sides of the drawer, and then I cut the boxes to the same height.
Once I cut my boxes, I arranged them in the drawer the way I wanted.
Then I covered the inside and outside with wrapping paper. This is optional, but helps your drawer to look pretty 🙂
And here is the finished product! I’m happy to say that since doing this, my junk drawer has stayed perfectly organized!
(Full disclosure: This project took me WAY longer than I thought it would, but the results were worth it!)
For a tutorial with better instructions and prettier results, visit this post on I Heart Organizing.
What a novel idea for organizing a drawer. This would work in the bathroom or in a top dresser drawer where you empty your pockets before going to bed! Keep tho ideas coming!
Melissa Howell says
Yes! This would work great it lots of different drawers! Glad you thought of it!