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5 Steps to Organize your Junk Drawer

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle April 21, 2021
We all know the feeling of tackling the ominous junk drawer in our kitchen or home office. The drawer that seems to fill up with random bits and pieces of paper (important and not-so important), dust, knickknacks and everything else that doesn’t have a “place” to live. Use these simple steps to get rid of that junk drawer, for good!

Step 1: Empty 
Spread out a clean beach or bath towel and dump all of the belongings of your drawer on it. This way, you’ll have a catch-all for all that dust, grime and dirt so your floors won’t take it on. 

Step 2: Rinse 
Use a damp rag and cleaning solution to give it a good scrub and rinse. Once it’s dry, place your drawer back into its correct spot. Tip: Use a spare toothbrush to get into the corners of the drawers (and be sure to only use that toothbrush for cleaning, after).

Step 3: Sort
Generally, a junk drawer is filled with items that don’t truly “belong” in one spot or the other. Pick 5-7 groups you can categorize the drawer’s items into, whether it’s office supplies, writing utensils, important receipts or otherwise.

Step 4: Put Away
Once you have your items sorted into general categories, you may be able to find a home for them in your existing organization structures. For instance, do you have more than 10 or so receipts you need to keep? Place them into your file folder of important home and medical documents.

Step 5: Everything Else
For what you have left, utilize small rectangular and square organizers within the drawer to keep them neat. You can purchase these organizers at most home stores or DIY them with the bottom of cardboard cereal or pasta containers. Either way, these “loose ends” will be tidied up and have their own place to live.

And there you have it! In just five steps, you’ve conquered your junk drawer and are ready to take on your next home project. 

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