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Organize the Kitchen Junk Drawer

Quickly sort the good from the bad.

We all have one. That place where odds and ends get stored away for 'some day' when we might need them again.

Sorting out the good old kitchen junk drawer can be a terrible chore or a treasure hunt. Our friend Ann Sheehan has a few tips on how to do it quick.

Best wishes for less clutter,       by Julie Baka
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Almost every household has the notorious Kitchen Junk Drawer, that abyss where everything conveniently gets stashed away. The problem with this chaos though is two-fold. One, when you really need something you know is in the drawer, it is often impossible to find. And two, the drawer itself can only hold so much stuff before it takes a crowbar to pry it open!

Organizing the Kitchen Junk Drawer can be done in less than an hour, is relatively inexpensive, and can make life a little less stressful.

Be sure you are fully prepared for the project before you start. Measure the drawer so you know how much space you have to work with. And have an idea as to how it can best be utilized for your family. Do your young kids frequently get small scrapes and need a bandage? Do you need a handy permanent marker to label foods in the freezer? Do you need lip balm in every room in the house during the winter months?

Be sure you are fully prepared for the project before you start. Measure the drawer so you know how much space you have to work with. And have an idea as to how it can best be utilized for your family. Do your young kids frequently get small scrapes and need a bandage? Do you need a handy permanent marker to label foods in the freezer? Do you need lip balm in every room in the house during the winter months?

The best way to organize the Kitchen Junk Drawer is to compartmentalize everything. You can purchase drawer dividers from the store or online. These versatile trays come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. They come in different colors, with or without labels, different prices, etc. Or you can use things you already have around the house like little cardboard boxes, small plastic containers, empty baby food jars and so on. Get creative!

Now that you are ready for the project, dump everything from the cluttered Kitchen Junk Drawer onto the kitchen table. You might be amazed by some of the stuff you see, but don't be overwhelmed! Once the drawer is completely empty give it a thorough scrubbing. Years of dirt and grime have undoubtedly accumulated along with all of the clutter.

 

clutter of items in a junk drawer

 

Group like items together on the kitchen table. Put all pens, markers, and crayons into one pile; photos, recipes, and newspaper clippings into another one. Make a give-away pile of things you no longer need, but can be useful for someone else. (How many green ink pens does one family really need?) Throw away/recycle anything you find that no longer has a purpose such as an old grocery list, a broken yo-yo, dried-up super glue.

Next, figure out what piles get to go back into the Kitchen Junk Drawer. In our household an extra pair of dime-store reading glasses, dental floss, and post-it notes are necessities. Spools of thread, Barbie doll clothes, and undeveloped camera film need to find a better home. Labeling each compartment can help everyone remember where things belong. We also have a small area in our drawer marked Temporary which gets cleaned out once a week. After all, there will always be those items that need to be quickly stashed out of sight, but only temporarily!

Did you just realize the car keys are in the ignition and the doors are all locked??? Isn't it a nice feeling to know EXACTLY where the spare car key is located - right there in cup labeled "spare keys" in the Kitchen Junk Drawer! It's going to be a less chaotic day after all.


 

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