8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer

We’ve all been there… That moment when you realize it’s REALLY necessary to finally organize your junk drawer. It’s the one place in everyone’s house that’s always a wreck.

I’ve attempted to get mine in order here and there, but it never lasts long. I think with these smart organization ideas, our kitchen junk drawer can finally transform from a bottomless pit into a storage space that works for our entire family. Perhaps once I’m done, I’ll actually be able to find a AA battery when I need one!

 

8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer

 

8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer: First Steps

Let’s get started turning your junk drawer from drab to fab!

Clearly, I’m on latte #3 for the day, and have been binge-watching “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” all week. That’s why I’m about to get crazy and suggest you dump your junk drawer out on the counter or table, first. In my case, it’s three junk drawers, so… latte # 4, let’s do this!

Start by weeding out any garbage or things that you can donate. After that, separate the contents you’re keeping into piles that make sense: batteries, change, screws and hardware, manuals, old keys that you’re keeping because you’re too scared you will toss them and then find out they were important, etc.

After you do all of that, you have to try this tip from Real Simple, it’s brilliant, makes a ton of sense, and is something I probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own: Make sure the contents of your junk drawer truly belong there. So, that bottle of nail polish and those tweezers? I could probably find a better home for them! The same with loose change (piggy bank or Coinstar), and paper clips (relocate those to the desk drawer), etc.

Now you’re ready to get organized!

 

 

8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer: Organize

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Woohoo! It’s time to get all Pinteresty and find cute and FUNctional ways to store all of the things that are truly junk drawer-worthy!

Buy small muffin tins to organize loose items like paper clips, change, etc. in your junk drawer with this brilliant idea from Zillow!

This might sound weird, but you’ll definitely find blank greeting cards swimming around in my junk drawer, along with screws, paper clips, and plastic outlet covers. Why? Because I have good intentions and buy a bunch of cards I need for upcoming occasions when I go grocery shopping, but then I forget to send them out, and they get buried. I’m loving this idea from The Nerd’s Wife, to create a DIY greeting card organizer! (Although I should probably slap some industrial strength magnets on the back so I can stick it to my fridge and remember to send them out for once!)

This awesome junk drawer was organized by The Kitchn, with odds and ends from around the house, like an empty business card box, a check box, a ceramic bowl, etc. It’s so clever!

Two Twenty One‘s idea of using a silverware divider is another great way to give everything a place.

 

 

8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer

 

 

8 Ways To Finally Organize Your Junk Drawer: The Fun Part!

I’m loving Mom On Timeout‘s idea of making your own DIY drawer organizer. When you DIY, it’s custom-fitted to the junk drawer! Plus, it’s cheaper and something to do with the kids!

The easiest way to organize your junk drawer is with different sizes of wire baskets. Make it even more fun with I Heart Organizing‘s tip to spray paint them gold.

Use First Home Love Life‘s cute idea of placing  colored paper, or even drawer liners, on the bottom of the drawer to brighten it up!

This awesome junk drawer was organized by The Kitchn, with odds and ends from around the house, like an empty business card box, a check box, a ceramic bowl, etc. It’s so clever!

 

Yay! I Have An Organized Drawer! …Now What?

Why stop there! Target one area of your house a month, and organize! The amount of free time and calm it will add to your life is more than worth it. If you’re looking for more organizational inspiration, check out these other posts:

Looking for a way to organize all of those random cords you found in your junk drawer?

Organizing the medicine cabinet is the next thing on my list. Waking up with a sick kid in the middle of the night is hard enough, don’t add to the stress by discovering an expired bottle of Children’s Tylenol, at the bottom of the medicine cabinet, at 2AM! It never ceases to amaze me, how an organized home translates into a less stressful life.

With the holidays over, I’m scrambling to find room for all of my kid’s gifts. If you’re with me on that one, check out these tips to organize toys in small spaces!

What area of your home are you most excited to organize?

 

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  1. I am a really organized person. Heck, I even have an organizing blog, but that junk drawer… It drives my husband crazy too. Haha.

    This had some good ideas though. Inspired me to go take another stab at it. 🙂

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