Organizing a junk drawer…

Okay so awhile back Katherine over at Raising Five wrote a really funny post about her junk drawer. If you haven’t read it please go on over and do so and then come back. Isn’t that great…I love it! I’m here to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a junk drawer, in fact I think it is essential with our busy lives today, I mean where else would you put old driver’s licenses, right Katherine? The trick here though is to every once and awhile dump that junk drawer out and discover the “treasures” waiting to be unearthed. So that is what I did today with my kitchen junk drawer and yes I even found some “treasures” I hadn’t seen in quite some time. Let me walk you through my process:

My kitchen junk drawer before:

First I dumped everything out onto the counter.

I have all sorts of things in here:

– gum, string, , bag of elastics, labels, oil scents, water tags, pencil sharpener, little tools, candle lighters (3!), post it notes, etc..

I was happy to find my bathtub no stick strips in here, I had wondered where they had gone.

Next is the containerizing. I had some baskets in that drawer already but I wanted to see if I could improve on it a little bit so I went to my collection of unused baskets in the basement to see what I could find that might work better:


I tried this arrangement but found it didn’t really work for me:


I went back to the red basket because it was a better size for what I need to store in there. The two containers in the front are different and work much better allowing me to establish more boundaries.



Containers establish boundaries and limits.


Finally after purging and sorting, I put everything back in and voila the finished product:

Katherine had said that her junk drawer organzing started in search of a spare key. These little baskets work great for containing small items like that. My spare keys are kept in my lightbulbs and batteries rolling tote in one of the drawers and here is a picture of it because apparently I don’t have enough pictures on here already….lol.

If you don’t have little baskets, no worries, take a cereal box, cracker box, tea box (etc) and cut it down to fit. They work just as well and cost nothing!!

Happy organizing!

Filed under: Before and After, Containerizing, Kitchen, Office, Organizing Solutions


32 Responses to Organizing a junk drawer…

  1. 1
    Louise says

    Your “before” drawer looks waaaay better than my “after” drawer!

  2. 2
    Tina says

    LOL Ditto to what the previous poster said!

  3. 3
    Midlife Mom says

    You have inspired me, I’m going to tackle my junk drawer today!!!

  4. 4
    HopewellMomSchool says

    Awesome. The goddess of organization!!
    What are “water tags”???

  5. 5
    Melissa says

    I love the before and after pictures! I should dump out my junk drawer and get rid of half the stuff – I bet it wouldn’t even be missed. Maybe I’ll tackle that next week. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  6. 6
    Rebecca says

    I cleaned out my junk drawer last week. At least I thought I did. I’ll do it again next time I buy cereal & the crackers are gone or I find some little baskets.

  7. 7
    Proverbs31 says

    I don’t have a junk drawer in this house, but I do have those long & skinny baskets in my medicine cabinet to hold small boxes of meds, loose sheets of pills, little tiny bottles, etc. I love them!

  8. 8
    Flo @ Yielded Heart says

    I have rectangular or square stainless steel basket organizers and it’s fun opening the drawers just to look at them.

    You just inspired me to do some organizing today.

  9. 9
    Jen says

    I thought of you when I was organizing my junk drawer…..along with organizing everything else in the house.

  10. 10
    Org Junkie says

    We have a water bottle delivery service here and have to purchase water tags to use in advance.

  11. 11
    Once Upon a Dream... says

    Great job as always, Laura! You always have great ideas. I need to have a junk drawer. lol I don’t have one.

  12. 12
    The Mom of 'em says

    That’s your BEFORE drawer? oh, Lordy – I’m in big trouble.

  13. 13
    SAHMmy Says says

    Love it! So gratified to see I’m not the only one who thinks perfectly organized is much better than mostly organized!

  14. 14
    Little Birdies Mommie says

    I organized my junk drawer a month and a half ago after discovering your blog! Although I too thought the first photo was your “completed” junk drawer.

  15. 15
    Christy says

    I love your site! I have always enjoyed organizing!

  16. 16
    Marilyn Bohn says

    I did what you said, I went to Raising Five and read her blog. And the amazing part about that is that I was able to get back to you, sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.
    I like the looks of your before drawer, and after too. When I work with clients I could drive them nuts by getting too, too organized. The before would have been such a big adjustment that I would have to start there. And all would be well as they could find everything and things that don’t belong in that junk drawer AKA Resource Drawer are moved.
    Marilyn :)
    Get It Together Organizing

  17. 17
    Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years says

    This blog is crackin’ me up! You must be Dutch. ;)

    But I’m loving it. And inspired by it. I’m off to surf some more and bookmark you for sure.

  18. 18
    Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says

    oh my – that looks soooo good!

  19. 19
    Anonymous says

    wow! To be so organized… if only if only. Having a home for everything is a sure time saver… but it just wouldn’t be a junk drawer if it looked that good! :) Isn’t part of the fun the thrill of the hunt? ;)

    Ok, I know I’m wrong there. I spent 20 minutes looking for the tape measure the other day. That wasn’t fun. I’ll be taking noted off your site from now on. Thank you! Keep up the good work.

  20. 20
    What a Gift says

    I have to say that your before junk drawer looks even better then my just been organized junk drawer I was envious in a good way.

  21. 21
    Jerry says

    I like the organization and
    colors in your BLOG.

    Am exploring “ideas” in your
    blog right now.

    Blessings, Gerald (Jerry)
    Landis, Altamonte Springs,

  22. 22
    J@smine says

    Love it! I organize mine with fishing tackle boxes (the clear ones with a hinged lid). I’ve got office supplies in one, small tools, nails, tacks, etc in another, batteries in another, and odds and ends in the last one (packs of gum, spare keys, lighters, etc). I have a really deep drawer. LOL.
    Thanks for sharing your organization tips, this is great.

  23. 23
    Melissa says

    I love your blog, I’m going to go and clean my junk drawer, that is after I clean my counter off so I can dump my junk drawer out onto it.? Thanks for the inspiration

  24. 24
    susan says

    This was my task for me to do today – so glad I came across your site! It was recommended by a homeschool site.

    I am slowly working my way around the kitchen, so I will be back to visit soon!

  25. 25
    Kim says

    I love the baskets!! Just did a few drawers yesterday with your ideas – it works!!
    As well I was thinking you could use cookie or chocolate tins! Thrift shops have a lot of these tins for cheap cheap. Rectangle and square work better than round cookie tins because they fit together nicely! Shoe boxes work too!

  26. 26
    Angela says

    I have to say that I absolutely would love to have you come to my house LOL. Your drawers look so much neater than mine. I actually have to sit down and go through all of my stuff and organize it.

  27. 27
    Sara says

    Someone said before that half of the things wouldn’t be missed from their drawer…
    I upended my whole junk drawer into the bin a few months back, before selling the dresser that housed it, and noone has missed a SINGLE thing!

    I now have a “nick nack drawer” in my filing drawers that sit on my desk (A4 and 3 inches deep) which contains bits and pieces like my measuring tape, ear plugs, dice… *checks to see what else is there*
    … junk!
    BRB organising my drawer!


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