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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 bulk of Clarksville 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 start to wonder where you placed something or there’s no more space in your junk drawer, it may be time to get it organized. The best part is that organizing your junk drawer doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. You will only need some preparation and some helpful tips to conquer that junk drawer once and for all!

1. Empty and Sort

The first step to get your junk drawer organized is to take out all the items and sort each one into piles. To be able to catch and not lose small items, place a clean towel on a flat surface to put your junk drawer items as you sort everything out. Broken things and trash should be placed in the trash, while other items you just don’t use anymore or don’t need can be donated to a thrift shop. Anything that you plan to keep should be sorted into piles while any item to be organized should go back into the drawer.

2. Clean Up

When the drawer is emptied, you should 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 fully clean. If dust or grime has pilled up 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 placed into piles, it’s time to organize. First, sort and put away items that don’t belong in your junk drawer. To easily do so, group together objects that are the same 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 put in a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4. Create a System

For the items that you think you should keep in your junk drawer, think about creating an organizational system that will help make sure it stays organized moving forward. 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 decent price at discount stores or home stores just about anywhere. Just be sure to measure your drawer and the organizers carefully to ensure they fit.

5. Organize

Finally, it is now time to sort the things 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 items that can be useful for that specific room. For example, you might put 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 would not be needed anywhere else.

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


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