In most houses there is always that drawer in the kitchen which is known as the junk drawer – it is the drawer where mainly utensils that don’t seem to have a home end up. Do you have one of these? If I asked you to open it up right now what state would it be in? Do you find yourself always searching for something? Or maybe you just have too many things and even struggle to close the drawer? In my experience, unless you keep your junk drawer organised and neat/tidy all the time, then it probably needs organising and cleaning out at least yearly. When was the last time you organised yours?
I actually found time a few weeks ago and cleaned out mine. Here are 5 quick and easy steps to follow so you too can organise your own junk drawer:
Take a photo of your drawer in its current state as it is always great to compare the before and after – it can give you a big sense of satisfaction when done!
Pull everything out of the drawer and sort into like items – by this I mean group items together that have a similar purpose such as all the tongs or all the bowl scrappers. As you are doing this have a think about the last time you used each item? If you haven’t used something for a long time and think you are not going to either then put it in a pile to move on/donate.
Once you have removed all items give the drawer a quick clean before everything is put back in.
As mentioned in Step 2 above, create a pile of items that you will no longer use and are happy to pass on to someone else. In the photo you can see that I actually found about 20 items including 11 medicine cups which had accumulated over time. I clearly had too many and ended up only keeping three.
Another question to ask yourself is – how often do you get given something from a friend or see something in the shop that you think might be useful and put it in the drawer only to never use? I have to say my item like this was the sandwich cutter that you sit on top of your sandwich and put the knife through to cut. I have only probably used it once or twice if I am lucky hence why this ended up in the donate pile.
If you think you could still use these items and are not entirely ready to part with them then why not put them into a small box in a cupboard for that ‘I might need it one day’. If though after a set period of time ie 3 or 6 months you have not used anything in that box then it definitely is time to move the items on. Remember to make a diary note to ensure you do this too.
When putting the items back into the drawer it might be useful to have some form of a drawer organiser so that you can at least keep like items together rather than just throwing all items back in together like a mosh pit. These days there are so many different options at storage stores or even places like Big W or K-Mart.
When you put items back in ensure you keep the items of similar purpose together.
Step 5 – last one I promise!
Take the after photo and compare with the one you took at the start then celebrate! It is always so satisfying when something is organised and in better shape than when you started. Remember though the maintenance phase is just as important if not more than the organising phase and you need to take the extra time to put the items back where they belong after you have used them and NOT just throw them back in. Good Luck!
So what will you do when it comes to your junk drawer organisation? Are you going to go ahead and have a go? Feel free to share your experiences with me and I’d love to hear how you go and what you find – firstname.lastname@example.org