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5 Tips for Organizing the Infamous Junk Drawer

Birdseye View of a Messy Junk Drawer Full of Random ItemsIf you’re like several Winston-Salem renters, you may have a messy junk drawer (or perhaps more than one!) somewhere in your house. Even other organized people can have a junk drawer loaded with all forms of things. But definitely, if you can’t find something or your junk drawer is already starting to overflow, it might be time to get it organized. The good thing is that organizing your junk drawer doesn’t really have to be stressful or time-consuming. You’ll need quite a bit of preparation and several much-needed useful tips to conquer that junk drawer for good!

1.   Empty and Sort

The first move to finally getting and keeping that junk drawer organized is to take everything out and sort each item into piles. To corral small items, try laying a clean towel on a flat surface to put your junk drawer pieces as you sort. Broken things and trash should go into the junk, while other items you haven’t used or don’t need any longer might be donated to a thrift shop. Whatever you choose to keep should be sorted and classified into piles of things to put away in another place and belongings to be organized back into the drawer.

2.   Clean Up

While the drawer is emptied, please take a few moments to scrub it clean. If you’ve been collecting junk in the drawer for a little while, it may take a little bit of perseverance to get it clean. If dust or grime has gathered in the corners, try utilizing a toothbrush or other small bristle brush to clean those areas.

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 do so effortlessly, group together objects that are identical or that belong in a specific room. As an example, paper clips, rubber bands, and similar items can probably be placed with your other office supplies. Writing utensils can be put in a pencil cup and important receipts or documents filed with your other household paperwork.

4.   Create a System

For things that you plan to keep in your junk drawer, think about having an organizational system that will help maintain and keep it organized going forward. For instance, you can perhaps get a sectioned drawer organizer tray, various make-up or ice cube trays, or smaller containers with snap-on lids to hold and keep your things systematized or properly organized. You can buy these inexpensive items at discount stores or home stores almost anywhere. Just be certain to measure your drawer and the organizers thoroughly to secure a good fit.

5.   Organize

On a final note, you’re now prepped to sort the items you like to keep into the trays or containers in your junk drawer. Depending on where your junk drawer is located in the house, try to keep only items that are useful for that certain room. As an illustration, you will keep a notepad, pens or pencils, scissors, and a coupon or receipt book in a kitchen junk drawer. Likewise, junk drawers in other rooms should hold specific, frequently used items that don’t belong anywhere else.

A messy junk drawer can be trouble. By putting to use these trouble-free suggestions, you can rapidly tame that junk drawer back into a cleanly organized area.


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