Junk Drawer Domination.

In this post I'm going to show you how you dominate any junk drawer and take it from OOC (out of control) to something that's functional, even if it is full of junk.

To demonstrate  I'm going to share my own personal junk drawer.  Let me preface by saying, yes, even professional organizers have to declutter their homes from time to time, because I don't live in HGTV magazine either!  I am also a firm believer that everyone needs a junk drawer - something you may never hear another organizer say.

Step 1:  The first thing you want to do is take everything out of the junk drawer.  Yes, every single thing.  Stay with me, things will get always get messier before they get neater, remember this.

Everything that was in my kitchen junk drawer.  Notice the light switch cover & nutcracker...what?!?

Step 2:  Now you'll want to look through everything that was in your drawer, categorize items, and make piles of things that you'll want to keep in the drawer, things that will be put away in other places, and then decide what items will stay in the drawer.  

Once you have your piles, you've gotten through the hard part!  Now you just have to decide how you're going to keep the items in the drawer so that they stay organized and looking neat, because obviously the whole point of this is to be able to find things when you need them.

This is where we come to the key component.

Junk drawer organizer by Made Smart.

Junk drawer organizer by Made Smart.

Critical step:  A drawer organizer is a must-have in this kind of situation.  It's the only way you can really even justify having the junk drawer in the first place.  Luckily, you can shop around and order one that strikes your fancy from Amazon, or pick one up at Walmart for almost nothing.

The one I use is is by a company called Made Smart, and I chose it because it comes with compartment stickers.  These are especially handy when you aren't the only person in the house putting things away, and you want to make sure everyone knows where items should be going.

However, you can also be creative and use things you have around the house to create separate areas within the drawer.  Any kind of tray will work, and depending on what you have in your drawer, several smaller dishes may work to hold items like paper clips or thumb tacks.  Be inventive and find what works for you!

Step 4:  Put items back into the drawer, neatly and in a way that makes sense for the drawer's content and for your lifestyle.  Ready to see the finished product?  Here's my no-longer-junky drawer, ready to function!

Finished junk drawer - here's top compartment, where I keep all of my little condiments.  If they get full, it's time to throw out!

Here's the bottom compartment - please click to take a closer look inside!

There you have it folks - my finished junk drawer, with both the bottom and top compartments organized and ready to be efficient.

It's been about 6 months since I did this, and it still looks pretty decent in there!  I probably owe it mostly to the stickers, and a little bit to the discipline it takes to force myself not throw in every random item I find in the house.

So, take about 30 minutes and turn your junk drawer into something functional too.  Feel free to share pictures when you're done!

Happy organizing!!