The dreaded junk drawer.
No wait. Don’t run screaming out of the room. Don’t pull your hair out. You CAN do this!
Your junk drawer may be in the kitchen or the laundry room. You may even have two or three. Wherever they are, however many you have, let’s get them organized. Don’t worry about the rest of the stuff in the room; we are just concentrating on the junk drawer(s).
Literally. Do. It. Now. I’ll wait.
Dump everything out on the counter next to you. Now, as gross as it may be, wipe the drawer with an all-purpose cleaner. It may be so bad that it needs to be vacuumed first; just do what you need to do to get it cleaned.
Now, get out that labeler and some disposable plastic tubs. The same company that makes the zipper top sandwich bags makes a line of cheap plastic food storage tubs that fit perfectly in junk drawers. Usually four fit inside the drawer. They can be labeled with anything from keys to change, from nails and screws to first aid.
Sort through your pile and put each usable, salvageable item in the appropriate tub. Anything that is broken or no longer useable, toss. Anything that goes in another room should be returned to that room.
When you are done, I dare you to resist the temptation to pull open that drawer 101 times to stare at its perfection!
Don’t look now, but we are almost one whole week through our decluttering crusade. I’m proud of you. Keep up the great work!
Here are links to the products listed above:
All-purpose cleaner – I prefer something nontoxic and low scent
Brother Label Maker – I recommend the labeler, the AC plug in to limit battery usage and these MUCH less expensive label tapes, same quality, lower price.
Brother Label Maker
Label Maker Plug:
Cheap Label Tape for Label Maker Above:
Plastic storage containers: