Monday, June 16, 2014

The Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer?

So, be honest…do you have a “junk” drawer? That drawer that accumulates all the stuff you just don’t know what to do with? We have one in our kitchen. I have tried to clean it out and live without one but somehow junk is attracted to a drawer like a magnet. So, is it so bad to have one? I started to think about it from an organizational perspective and this is what I decided:

• The junk drawer keeps me from needing to find another home for all that “junk”. Identify what is in your junk drawer…things you occasionally use? Mine has birthday candles, a jar opener, name badge lanyards. Do I really need these things? Probably not, but having them on hand when I do is convenient.

• The junk drawer gives a default landing zone when my family doesn’t know what to do with something. This actually eliminates clutter. Instead of little things laying around, my kids will find something and put it in the junk drawer. Since I go through and clean it out monthly this works well to keep miscellaneous “junk” from cluttering up surfaces in our home.

• A junk drawer doesn’t have to be disorganized. You can use sandwich bags, drawer dividers, envelopes- all types of things to keep the “junk” organized. You don’t want to open a drawer to a discombobulated mess- that doesn’t help you keep track of anything.

Just remember that a junk drawer (or basket or whatever you use) does not have to be a mess. You can keep the stuff together without giving up the convenience of a catch all drawer.

Happy Organizing!


Posted by Melissa of Multitasking Mama


Lenox Knits said...

If I were to be honest I actually have a junk room. I can't help myself, I just have a terrible time purging things. Great tips though!

Nilz said...

Incidentally, I have one - and I just keep things there, and re-organize it once in a month.

Without Dash said...

Yes! I have one of those!! When there is only one of something, or just not enough of a type to get their own drawer or box or shelf, it goes in the junk drawer. But it does not mean that it is junk. Things in my drawer: a little emergency sewing kit, a deck of cards, a battery charger, my daughter's vaccination book and a pile of business cards of handy people.