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How To Keep Your Junk Drawer Tamed


Junk drawers may be the one thing that ties every household in the country together. When you don't know where to put something you use regularly or think you may use in the future, even if you never do, your instinct may be to shove it in a drawer. But junk drawers can frequently get overwhelming. Rather than getting caught up in the constant cycle of stuffing and sorting, here are a few tips that can help keep the monster at bay.

Sort and purge

The first step in any fit of organizing is to sort and purge. You can't know what's in that drawer until you take everything out of the drawer. Lay it all out on the counter, grouping like items together. Then, be brutal. If you have not used it in a year or more, you don't need it. Toss it out or give it to someone else who can use it.

Create a filing system

Items such as takeout menus and appliance manuals take up a lot of space in the drawer. You can usually find menus online, so go ahead and toss them. If you can't bring yourself to do that, put them in a labeled file folder in a desk drawer or wherever you keep your other important paperwork. Do the same with manuals you want to keep.

Make it pretty

We, as humans, like it when things are aesthetically pleasing. That's why a junk drawer can make us anxious. Why not use a little psychology to help you keep the space neat and tidy? One option is to buy a pretty drawer liner in a pattern that makes you happy when you look at it. This can help motivate you to keep the drawer more organized.

Use organizers

Of course, if you still can't find things when they go back in the drawer, the entire process was for nothing. You need to create an organizational system that will keep like things together so you're not digging endlessly through the clutter. You can buy commercially available drawer dividers or bins that work for the items you want to keep.

Vow to keep it neat

The last step is all about you and your willpower. Once it's been organized, it's up to you to keep it neat. And if the drawer is shared by the entire household, you need to keep your family accountable for maintaining the organization as well. Once the new habit is established, you'll wonder how you ever let it get that way in the first place.

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