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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 majority of Jacksonville renters, a messy junk drawer or two would certainly be living somewhere in your house. Even organized people have a junk drawer with random things in it. 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 complex 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 empty everything out and sort each item into piles. To be able to catch small items, place a clean towel on a flat surface to put your junk drawer items as you sort them out. Broken things and trash should go into the trash, while other items you just don’t use or need may be donated to a thrift shop. All items 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, please 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 collected 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 categorized into piles, it’s time to organize. First, sort and put away stuff that doesn’t belong in your junk drawer. To easily do so, group together objects that are the same or that belong to a specific room. For example, paper clips, rubber bands, and similar things can be lumped together 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 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 organized. You can get this stuff at cheap prices at discount stores or home stores that are located just about anywhere. Just make 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 particular room. For example, you might leave 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 essential to have anywhere else.

A messy junk drawer can be a nuisance. But with these simple tips, you can now turn that junk drawer back into a neatly organized space.


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