The junk drawer is always a work in progress. I firmly believe that any organization project requires maintenance, and that’s definitely the case with the junk drawer. Last week my Timehop app reminded me that it had been a year since I’d organized that space. Well, I actually didn’t need Timehop to remind me…every time I opened the drawer I was keenly aware of the disaster zone in there!
I applied the Four Basic Principles of Organization, starting with the first step – get rid of clutter. I had a “before” picture of my drawer, but I inadvertently deleted it. Sorry! Here’s my pile of things that didn’t belong in the drawer. I had another large pile that ended up in the trash. And yes, I was watching Christy Jordan’s latest YouTube video while I worked. 🙂
The next few pictures show my progress with steps 2 and 3: give everything a place and leave room to grow. It’s a little challenging to give everything a place in the catchall drawer, but I did my best. I’m in love with those clear divided boxes holding my office supplies – they came from the dollar bins at Target! All the bins you see in these pictures came from Target or the Dollar Tree. I use a little sticky tack on the bottom of the bins to keep them in place when the drawer opens and closes.
I use this silverware organizer to store the mismatched silverware and plastic cutlery we take in our lunch boxes. I don’t want it mixed up with the every day silverware, so this drawer is perfect for it.
Ta-da! All that’s left is step 4 – maintain the organization system. Now I’ll plan to take a few minutes as needed to straighten the drawer – because we all know things aren’t always put away in the correct place. Periodically I’ll evaluate the organization system to see if it still meets my needs, and make changes if it doesn’t. No system works perfectly forever. But for now, it’s a beautiful sight!