Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Do You Have Junk Drawer Problems?

I know we all have them and we all know what they can turn into at any given moment. I am going to show you how I organized mine.

 I will tell you what has always worked for me and how I would like to upgrade my organization in the future. Read on.......

......I have two drawers in my kitchen that measure 12in. wide by 21 in. deep.

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These two drawers are what I refer to as my “JUNK DRAWERS!”

I keep a varied amount of goodies in them, ranging from lip gloss to gorilla glue, pens, sewing needles etc. I am sure you get the picture.
Let me show you what I mean………

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Drawer #1 has my writing pens, pencils, calendar, phone book, fast food menus etc. You get the picture don’t you?

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Drawer #2 has more crafty related items, glue, chalk, scissors, tape, paint brushes, batteries and the like. Oh yes, and Bubble Gum tape,it is the best. I say it is for the kiddos, but I love it too!!!

So how in the world am I going to get a 3’x5’ pile of goodies back in the 12in. x 21in. drawers?
  • categorize like items
  • purge
  • contain items in appropriate size containers (I used what I had on hand so I could get done.)

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Drawer #2 

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Drawer #1
Surprise for you and me! I made it all fit!!!


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drawer dividers:

Drawer dividers are a must for me. I have used what I already had, but if I were to upgrade I would get these from the Container store.
Stackable bamboo drawer dividers:

container store bamboo stackable (260x260)

Single layer bamboo divider:

bamboo modular (400x400)

A less expensive option:

interlocking plastic (260x260)

I keep all of my take-out menus in a zip-loc bag.

Below would be my upgrade:

Take out menu holder

3 (260x260)

Contain all paper clips, rubber bands, tacks, stick-pins:

I don’t like these items on the loose in an open container.  I have used old film containers with lids to store these small  items and it works great for me.

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Another way to keep the junk drawers from getting junky is to NOT let the other people that live with you ever, ever touch them!!

Of course, I am just kidding on that point!

I hope this helped a little bit to motivate you to get going on your organizing.

"Enjoy the Process" Of:

Getting Organized!!