We all have a junk drawer; some of us may even have several of them, and they’re usually a complete mess. For most homeowners, the junk drawer is a case of “out of sight, out of mind,” which is fine until you need to find something. Indeed, keeping those small miscellaneous items in order is one of the biggest challenges for the organization-minded homeowner, and it’s not just about having those items available and easy to find when you need them. All those things you stuffed in your junk drawer can also potentially be damaged while they’re in storage.
If you want to get your junk drawers squared away and keep your miscellaneous items in good condition, our organization experts have some ideas that you can use in conjunction with our storage solutions for a tidy home.
Step One: Purge Anything That Isn’t Needed
As is the case with most organization projects, the first step is to empty out your junk drawers and determine which items you actually need. Dump them out and go through everything individually, removing anything that you don’t use. This is also a good opportunity to clean out dust and lint from your drawers.
Step Two: Sort Everything
Junk drawers tend to become a catch-all, so you might find a lot of random items grouped together. Now that you have everything out in the open, it’s time to group those small items into categories. For example, you could put all the office supplies together for storage in a kitchen drawer. In the bedroom, you might want to dedicate a drawer specifically for jewelry. In the garage, you can have a drawer just for small tools, drill bits, random screws, and the like.
Step Three: Dividers!
You can find many drawer storage solutions at the hardware store or home goods store. Try the office supplies section for a range of options. You can even repurpose tackle box organizers, silverware holders, or small garage organizers for use in your junk drawers. There are also many types of organization solutions specifically for jewelry like necklace hangers that will prevent it from getting scratched, scuffed, or tangled when you’re not wearing it.
Step Four: Put Everything Back
Now that you have a system in place, you can put all your miscellaneous items in your drawers following the plan you laid out earlier when you were sorting. Be sure to commit to this system, not just when you’re cleaning, but any time you have miscellaneous items that need to be put somewhere. You might want to purchase a small basket to keep on your countertop for items that need to be organized later. This way, those small items won’t be “out of sight, out of mind,” and you will be more likely to go through them on a weekly or even daily basis.
Home Organization Solutions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Getting your home organized and keeping it that way starts with a solid foundation. At Closet POSSIBLE, we can provide you with all the tools you need to organize your closets, basement, entertainment center, garage, or any other part of your home. Get in touch with us to find out more about custom closet design in NJ and Pennsylvania or about organization solutions for every room, and even for your junk drawer.