Here's the declutter your junk drawer mission article for you to read. I suggest you declutter your drawer completely before you try to do anything suggested below to organize it, since you don't want to organize clutter!
Then, once you're ready to organize I've shown lots of real life examples of organized junk drawers below, shown by readers, who've already done this mission. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you.
When someone uses a cool organizer, either bought from a store or homemade in their after picture I've also tried to discuss it since this can help you have a great idea of how to do it yourself as well!
Once you've done this mission I'd love to see your photos as well. You can share them here and I might just add them to the page.
Lisa shared this picture of her junk drawer after picture on the site's Facebook wall.
I can't tell from the picture if she used a junk drawer organizer (kind of like the one pictured to the right) or used her own individual containers, but either way it looks great. These organizers can help you keep all the little stuff we like to keep in junk drawers separated and found easily when we need it.
Here's another photo from a reader, Jinny, who took on this challenge and then said: "Wish I had a before picture. This makes me so happy."
Kitchen Junk Drawer Organized Using DrawDecor Customizable Drawer Organizer
Pam provided this photo of her junk drawer and said, "There was so much stuff in there that I had trouble opening and closing the drawer, but now look at it!"
The blue mat at the bottom of the drawer is a DrawerDecor customizable drawer organizer, which is a great way to organize a drawer where you want to set the space parameters for various objects, instead of being stuck with the preset and determined sizes and slots in regular drawer dividers.
They come in a variety of fun colors, like bright blue, red, green, purple, and orange, as well as a more neutral ivory, to provide a pretty pop of color when you open the drawer.
Drawer with top tier removed (there is even extra space!).
Drawer with top tier in place.
Drawer with top tier moved to other side.
I really wish I had a 'before" photo, because it was b-a-d bad. Finding the corkscrew took a few minutes. Pulling out my phone charger dragged half the drawer out with the cord. When I did finally clean out the drawer, I found that a packet of BBQ sauce had leaked, and the back of the drawer was coated in it! See, like I said, it was bad!
So I switched them, and although it is a bit tight now for the silverware, it is worth it. The silverware is also now closer to the food prep area, where I actually use the silverware more often.
Finally, you will see that I have a double-tiered system in the junk drawer. I had seen one to buy online, but it was about $50. When i went to the store, I wasn't sure what would work the best, so I bought a few different trays.
At home, I discovered that one actually does fit on top of the others! While it doesn't exactly slide around, and I have to lift it out to access what's underneath, it is worth that small inconvenience to a.) know where all of this stuff is, and b.) be able to reach in and grab it easily! Even my kids can easily access and put back the scissors and tape.
Jessica from His Plan, Not Ours shared before and after pictures of her kitchen junk drawer.
She says: "Before, it was just stuffed with everything imaginable. Paperwork, instruction booklets and warranties, phonebooks, address book, batteries, pens, stamps, tape dispensers, coupon books, flashlights, candles (both birthday and otherwise), and more.
So I waited until Owen's nap time and then I dumped everything from the junk drawer out onto my kitchen island. I began sorting, putting similar useful things together and trashing anything we didn't need like expired coupons and empty ink pens.
I found a large zip top bag and used that to keep our appliance instruction manuals and warranties together and stored that in our important documents file box. That cleared out a lot of space in the junk drawer.
I purchased two acrylic organizers from Target for about $8 and used those to organize everything that was left over.
Now all the batteries for Owen's toys are kept together by type, stamps and envelopes are kept in the same place as my address book, and office supplies have a home."
Before and after photos courtesy of a reader, Debra
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