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!!