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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 Baltimore City 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’re starting to not know where everything is or your junk drawer is starting to overflow, 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 overcome that junk drawer 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 grab 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 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. Any item that you plan to keep should be sorted into piles while any item to be organized should go back into the drawer.

2. Clean Up

When the drawer is emptied, it’s good to take a minute or two 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 entirely clean. If dust or grime is stuck in the corners, try using a toothbrush or any other small bristle brush to clean those parts.

3. Put Away

With a clean drawer and your items arranged into piles, it’s time to organize. First, sort and put away objects that don’t belong in your junk drawer. To easily do so, group together objects that are alike 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 may be put in a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4. Create a System

For the stuff that you think you should stay in your junk drawer, think about creating an organizational system that will help keep it organized in the future. 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 tidy. You can get these materials at an affordable price at discount stores or home stores 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 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 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 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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