I have always had a junk drawer and when I moved into my house nine years ago this drawer in the kitchen became a catch all for every day items like box knives, glue, tape, night lights, etc.
But after nine years of neglect it got to the point where you couldn't even shut the drawer, so I knew it was finally time to stop the madness!
So first things first. I emptied the drawer. The drawer liner was in good shape and just needed a good wipe down.
Next comes this handy little guy that I found at TJMaxx.
No, this is not a sponsored post.....just thought I would tell you where I bought my organizer, and to be honest, TJM has a good variety of organizers and I highly recommend checking them out the next time you need something like this.
What I really like most of all is that the organizer has this expandable tray that slides in and out to accommodate your drawer size.
Of course I needed as much organization room as I could get so I expanded mine out a little to give me an extra compartment.
Once I added the drawer organizer it was now time to put things back into the drawer.
I threw out things I didn't need or had gone bad like old batteries, dried up glues, expired coupons, etc. and only put back what was relevant AND needed.
Because this is a junk drawer INSIDE my house, I needed a place to house things like scissors, box knives, tape measures, batteries, and flashlights, and I wanted everything in ONE PLACE.
The last thing you need is to have MULTIPLE junk drawers so try to maximize your space in a way that allows you to have what you need centralized to one spot. This will make your life so much easier!
Of course you can see I have a few small screw drivers in here as well, but please note, you do not need your entire collection in here. I keep the rest of my screwdrivers in the garage, along with wrenches and all that other stuff.
My point is, what you keep in here should be basic tools that you will need frequently. The one odd tool that you break out once a year should not be kept in here!
And here is the before and after:
Oh and keep in mind being organized SAVES you MONEY! That's right. Now that everything can bee easily seen and located it will cut down on buying duplicates!
I can't tell you how many times I forgot I had AAA batteries and ended up buying more when what I really needed was AA, which is money wasted! Boo.
So what have we learned today?
- Only keep items that are relevant and necessary.
- If you only use something once or twice a year put it somewhere else, not in here!
- Group like items together.
There are many different styles of organizers out there to fit your needs, so don't be afraid to try different methods until you find the right one.
Happy Spring Cleaning!