Let’s admit it, already. Almost every home has one of these that cause us a little embarrassment if a guest opens it. Mine is in the kitchen. Okay, I have two, actually.  I’m talking about the junk drawer. You know it as the place where we put things that we really don’t have a good place for but we know they are both handy and useful. Today, let’s look at a how to organize a junk drawer.

how to organize a junk drawer

What is in my junk drawer? I can name several things just by memory. I have batteries, small flashlights, power cords, a few small tools, earbuds, cell phone and other charging cables, etc. All of these things are useful to us, but we have no idea what category or location to best store them, hence the “junk drawer” is born. So, let’s organize this in a few quick steps.

how to organize a junk drawer

First, decide what you want to store here. We use the chargers, the batteries, the flashlights, and the small tools. So, I have decided to make this their permanent home.

To decide, first pull everything out of the drawer and onto a large countertop. Next, sort by category. Toss away, recycle, or donate anything you no longer need or that is no longer working.

Some obvious things to declutter are: dead batteries, broken flashlights, any cord that belongs to an electronic that you no longer own, multiples of anything, broken tools, unfinished projects, ink pens that no longer write, dried up markers, etc. 

Tip: Refer to your city’s recommendations on how to get rid of batteries properly. Most items like this cannot be tossed in the trash to dispose of them because of the battery acid inside.

how to organize a junk drawer

 Now let’s get ready to organize everything you plan to keep in here. You’ve already sorted your items by category. Now, you need to store them in a way that makes sense and creates order. The divided tray in the photo above is excellent for storing everything neatly in a  way that each item can be easily seen and located. 

As with any storage space, try to utilize and fill every square inch to maximize the storage. You can use small cardboard boxes, tiny jars with lids if your drawers are deep, silverware trays, etc. Get creative here. The main idea is to organize the space better. You are not looking for a complex system that you cannot maintain.

If you make the space too organized, you (and likely no one else in your home) can maintain it. Avoid using complicated storage containers here. You know the type. I am referring to the containers within containers with multiple snaps and latches. It feels like a Russian doll toy.

HOW TO ORGANIZE A JUNK DRAWER

You know the ones that  have dolls stacked within dolls where every time you remove one, you find another smaller one inside. If you create a space like this where putting things away becomes complicated, no one will want to put them away. 

Also, store everything in a way that can be seen in one glance. You should be able to open the drawer and visually locate any item in one glance. If you use small jars with lids, put labels on the lids so you can find them quickly. I personally like to use plastic bins because they can be wiped clean. 

If you don’t have these items on hand, don’t rush out to spend lots of money creating order. Look for little containers throughout your home that can be repurposed. Even cardboard food storage containers work well here.

You can cut the maximum top portion off of a cereal box and create a shallow tray that is both long and narrow enough to fit in a drawer. Another excellent box you’ll find in a kitchen is the aluminum foil or plastic wrap box. These are already the right size for drawer storage. Just be sure you cut off the lid and anything with sharp edges.

You can even use plastic food storage bags for softer items like rubber bands. Look in the refrigerator for small plastic containers like the ones pictured above.

Now, that you have decided what to store and have created your containers, start putting everything back in the drawer by category. Arrange and rearrange the storage trays until you use up as much space as possible. Now, you can better enjoy and appreciate your space.

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My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.

Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.

Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.

Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.

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How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.

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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized.

Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.

Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.

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Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered. 

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Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.

For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.