Taming the Junk Drawer

In our Kitchen remodel a few years ago, we were able to convert several of the cabinets to drawers.
While I think drawers are a more efficient use of space than cabinets,
they are easy victims for accumulating junk. It’s just so easy to toss
in any random object, then quickly close the drawer and ignore what’s
happening inside. Hence the term junk drawer!

Hi Sugarplum | Taming the Junk Drawer

One of the many places freed up after creating a Craft Closet, are these Kitchen drawers. Along with junk, they used to hold many of my random craft supplies…but were left mostly empty. Yay for more storage space!

Hi Sugarplum | Taming the Junk Drawer

I connected with my inner-Liberace, and painted the mesh drawer organizers gold, then whipped these two drawers into shape! One drawer is kid-friendly, with everyday stuff they need for homework
and projects, and the other holds the more grown-up items.

Hi Sugarplum | Taming the Junk Drawer

Double-decker organizers (I used these) are perfect for using every bit of vertical space in a drawer.

Hi Sugarplum | Taming the Junk Drawer

Taming all the cords, chargers and headphones makes me stupid-happy. These little guys are perfect for the job.

I’m sharing all the details and tips in my contributor post at I Heart Organizing today…so hop over and get motivated and inspired! But don’t blame me if you wind up dumping the entire contents of your junk drawer on the floor.

Well, I guess you can blame me. But then you have to thank me afterwards when you’re lovingly stroking your newly organized junk drawer. Did things just get weird? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. I have these exact same mesh organizers in my junk drawer. And even weirder, I have been itching to paint them gold lately too! Just need the weather to warm up enough to spray paint outside again. So, you know, like 3-4 more months. Ugh.

    Posted 2.21.14 Reply
  2. Suzie O wrote:

    I wanted to let you know that your 9 volt batteries being stored like that are posing a fire hazard. Our news just did this story a few weeks ago: http://www.kctv5.com/story/24594124/kctv5-exposes-the-9-volt-battery-fire-danger

    Posted 2.21.14 Reply
    • TammyK42 wrote:

      I agree!!! Be safe and separate the batteries

      Posted 3.18.14 Reply
  3. I'm so envious of your organized junk drawer! I need that order in my life!

    Posted 2.21.14 Reply
  4. Vel Criste wrote:

    Funny, I guess the winter is getting us all into an organizing mode! I just posted about my drawers too Cassie!

    Posted 2.21.14 Reply
  5. Every time you share an organization post I'm inspired to start with bits at a time! I love that you label your cords, so efficient and easy to locate. I actually throw all of mine in Ziploc bags and reserve a drawer just for electronics…those things get tangled all the time!

    Just finished a HUGE post on organizing accessories/ closets/ shoes, the whole shabang…would love to get your thoughts Cassie! Have an amazing weekend!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

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    Posted 2.21.14 Reply
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  7. mwimp wrote:

    you inspired me to tame mine! I would have to move things around to get it to close now its have empty, thanks!

    Posted 2.24.14 Reply
  8. Your post enabled me to spring into action on my Junk Drawer. I'd been forever meaning to give it an upgrade and the double decker drawer organizer was just what I needed.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 2.26.14 Reply