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5 Tips for Organizing the Infamous Junk Drawer

Birdseye View of a Messy Junk Drawer Full of Random ItemsJust like the majority of Birmingham renters, a messy junk drawer or two would be a usual sight in their home. Even organized people have a junk drawer where everything is dumped. However, if you begin 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 difficult or time-consuming. What you’ll need is a bit of preparation plus some useful tips to overcome that junk drawer situation once and for all!

1. Empty and Sort

The first step to get your junk drawer organized is to take out everything 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 arrange the items. Broken things and trash should be placed in the trash, while other items you just don’t use anymore or don’t need may be donated to a thrift shop. Everything 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, 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 completely clean. If dust or grime has pilled up in the corners, try using a toothbrush or other small bristle brush to clean those parts.

3. Put Away

With a clean drawer and your items settled into piles, it’s time to organize. First, sort and put away things 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 kept with the other office supplies. Writing utensils can be sorted within a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4. Create a System

For the belongings 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 stuff 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 items 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 things that can be useful for that specific room. For example, you might have 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 useful anywhere else.

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


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