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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 Georgetown renters, a messy junk drawer or two would certainly be living somewhere in your house. Even organized people own a junk drawer filled with random things. However, if you’re starting to not know where everything is or your junk drawer is starting to overflow, it may be time to get it organized. The best part is that organizing your junk drawer doesn’t need to be difficult or take up all of your time What you need is a bit of preparation and some useful tips to overcome that junk drawer once and for all!

1. Empty and Sort

In order to get your junk drawer organized, the first step would be to empty it out and sort each item into piles. To be able to catch small items, put a clean towel on a flat surface to place your junk drawer items as you sort everything out. Broken things and trash should be in the trash, while items you just don’t use or need can be donated to a thrift shop. All the things that you plan to keep should be sorted into piles while all the items 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 entirely 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 fit into a specific room. For example, paper clips, rubber bands, and similar items can be placed with the other office supplies. Writing utensils may be sorted within a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4. Create a System

For the items that should be kept in your junk drawer, think about making an organizational system that will help keep it 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 well kept. You can get these materials at an affordable 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 well.

5. Organize

Finally, now is the 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 place 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 are not helpful to keep anywhere else in the home.

A messy junk drawer can be a struggle. But with the help of these simple tips, you can easily flip that junk drawer back into a neatly organized space.


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