How to Organize a Junk Drawer Quickly

Ever open up THAT drawer and think “I really need to organize this junk drawer”? But then you think:
– Where do I begin?
– I don’t have time!
– I wonder if I should buy some organizing trays?

You then rifle through it, find that “thing” you were looking for, or not… close it up and forget about it for another day. But you know it hangs over you, irritating you because in reality you spent way too long looking for that “thing” when if that drawer was organized you find what you were looking for in a snap, minimize stress and saving time too!

Well… I’m here to help
– I’ll show you how to begin. (It’s easy when you have a roadmap.)
– Give you the steps so you’re done in under 30 minutes! BAM!
– Trays are totally optional, so don’t think about it… yet.

My wonderful friend who would like to remain nameless let me organize her drawer for this blog post. So she says no judging! HA! These are the steps we took for her and it didn’t take long at all!

1. TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF THE DRAWER

Group each item you take out on to a table or area nearby. For instance, office supplies in one pile, computer accessories in another, and anything you instantly recognized as garbage. Just throw it away! (ie. old receipts, old candy, old notes that make no sense now haha).

2. WIPE DOWN THE INSIDE OF THE DRAWER

Use a disinfecting wipe or multi-purpose cleaner. Be sure and remove anything sticky or yucky you find.

3. DECIDE A THEME FOR YOUR DRAWER

For my friend, this “junk” drawer was in her office desk so we decided it would be a perfect drawer for housing office supplies.

junk drawer cleaned out

4. ORGANIZE THE DRAWER (THE FUN PART)

Looking at all the office supplies we put out on the table nearby we definitely felt some organizing trays would help keep things in place and easily seen when looking for them. We took a trip to our nearby Walmart and bought these interlocking bins for less than $7.00 with tax. (see image below) We only needed one so she will take the other one back.

Viola! Done! Just four simple steps and the drawer is done.

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NOTE: Some of the items my friend pulled out of that drawer, she had to think “Is there another drawer where items like this (non-office supply items) live?”. So not everything she found in that drawer went back into the drawer. And she threw a lot of stuff away.

TIP: GET IT DONE QUICKLY

Set a timer for 30 minutes. That’s really all the time a junk drawer like this should take. STOP the timer if you realize you will DEFINITELY need to buy some organizing trays to keep the drawer organized. It’s okay if you have to split this up in two settings in order to do it right. (It’s pointless to organize it if once you close the drawer everything shifts and it all gets mixed up again.)

MINDSET: TREAT YOUR HOME AS IF IT WAS A BUSINESS

I know that may sound weird but aren’t we all about energy-efficient windows and light bulbs, and air conditioning set at just the right temperature, etc. Then why don’t we remember that TIME IS MONEY too when it comes to our homes? When you can find things in a snap and everything has its place, it translates into time saved and personal peace and harmony among those that live there. Now that is VALUE! Just look at any business that keeps an office supply closet or room. You walk in and everything is neatly labeled and stored.  The supplies are NOT just dumped in and you have to rummage around to find paperclips or a new stapler. Right? This is what I mean by treating your home like a business. Businesses sure don’t want their employees wasting time looking for something as simple as a highlighter!

If you decide to tackle a junk drawer in your home, then send me before and after pictures.

xoxo
Shannon

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