Day 3: Junk Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 3: Junk Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 3: Junk Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering! Throughout this series I'm sharing easy decluttering projects that you can complete in 10-15 minutes.  If you do them, then by the end of the month you'll be enjoying a less cluttered home!

If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to them all at the end of this post.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Sock drawers and toiletries were a great warm-up.  Now we're getting to the good stuff  :)

Today we're decluttering junk drawers.  Or as I like to call them:  multi-purpose drawers.  Others call them everything drawers.  I mean why are you keeping "junk" in a drawer?

Everyone's got at least one of these drawers.  Filled with all kinds of stuff.  Things like tools, chargers, stationery, stamps, pens, pencils, coupons, elastics, paper clips, take-out menus, batteries.  You know what I'm talking about.

Having a drawer like this is a good thing if you keep it organized and purged.  It gives you quick access to lots of little things.

But when you have a drawer that's filled with a variety of stuff, it tends to collect other stuff... and it can quickly become cluttered.  Then you can't find anything in it and end up running all over the house searching for something you need.

I love organizing junk drawers because the difference is so incredible!  You'll get some amazing before and after pictures today I'm sure :)

These drawers don't need to be a cluttered mess!  So let's declutter junk drawers today!

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your Junk Drawer

I love this sign!  The words on in remind me of why I want a less cluttered home.  And a less cluttered junk drawer.

Primitives By Kathy

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your junk drawer:

  • Throw away anything that is garbage (broken items, doo-dads that you can't remember what they're for, etc.)
  • Recycle papers you no longer need (old receipts, expired coupons/menus, etc.)
  • Relocate anything that doesn't belong in this drawer {Make sure you've defined the purpose of this drawer (step #1) so you can decide what belongs and what doesn't!}
  • Just doing those 2 things will likely already get rid of a lot of things from this drawer!
  • Get rid of chargers for electronics you no longer have
  • Dispose all expired batteries
  • Reduce the quantity of some items to an amount that will realistically be used or needed (e.g. do you really need 48 elastic bands or 76 paper clips in this drawer?)
  • If you choose to keep tools in this drawer, only keep the bare minimum, so you can quickly grab them for a small project (e.g. store a multi-bit screwdriver here rather than several screwdrivers)
  • Keep in mind the location of this drawer when deciding what to keep in it.  Typically junk drawers take up prime real estate in our kitchens, so they should contain items we need quick access to on a regular basis.
What you choose to store in your everything drawer is entirely up to you!  But defining what you want to keep there and what you don't will help keep your drawer from becoming a cluttered mess in the future!

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

The easiest way to keep your multi-purpose drawer from becoming cluttered again is to divide the different categories within the drawer.  That helps remind you what you've determined the purpose of the drawer to be and what items should and shouldn't be stored in it.

You can buy all kinds of drawer organizers.  Like these clear acrylic ones.  I love the labels too!

Achieving Creative Order

You can also repurpose cutlery organizers like this bamboo one.

Two Twenty One

You can also use plastic desk drawer organizers to keep the contents of your drawers separated.

A Bowl Full of Lemons

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If You're On A Roll...

Check out these 2 previous posts for more junk drawer organizing ideas:

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

What's the craziest thing you found in your junk drawer?  Any purging tips I missed for multi-purpose drawers?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. I think my junk drawer is doing pretty well since I reorganized it about a year ago. I bought a battery organizer which was smaller than I'd hoped, but still works well, plus a few dollar store baskets to organize the odds and ends that need to stay there. Thanks for the tips! I might give my junk drawer another peek. Also I wanted to say that I LOVE the new picture of you in the right column. You look fantastic and I am super jealous of your scarf wearing savvy.

    1. Organizing definitely helps keep things from getting cluttered again Melissa! Although some regular maintenance is good too since our needs are always changing. Good job with your drawer!

      Funny that you mention the scarf... I only actually have this one and I looked online to find a tutorial on how to tie it! Hardly savvy LOL. But thanks for the compliment :)

  2. I have just finished my junk kitchen cupboard/worktop beneath it which attracts clutter like nothing else. It seems to me any flat surface that I can dump whatever on will do in my home. It looks a lot better and I cleaned kitchen cupboard doors and worktop also. On to Coffee Table tomorrow or in my case the grate of my fireplace - that's another favourite place for clutter. Sarah x

    1. Good job Sarah! Yes, flat surfaces are clutter magnets. Try keeping one surface that usually has clutter on it, clutter free. You can tape a big X on it or something for awhile. Any time you're tempted to put something there, put it away or deal with it instead. Once you get in that habit, you can do the same with a different surface. It takes time, but it's worth it :)

  3. I don't think I can organize my junk drawer because it's very small - it's built into a paper towel holder. I'm open to suggestions though!

    1. Wow that sounds tiny Janet! I'd say just keep it as clutter-free as possible and then it will stay organized.

    2. I guess the upside is that there's a very low limit on how much clutter it can hold! LOL


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