5 Steps to Organize a Junk Drawer in 30 minutes

You know that drawer in your home that has a little bit of everything but every time you open it you can't find anything?? We all have a junk drawer (or three) in our home, which we need--but dang, they're so tricky to keep organized! Even the tidiest folks have a hard time keeping so many random objects in order. So today we're sharing our 5 Steps to Organize a Junk Drawer in 30 Minutes.

organized drawer- Sadie Road

1. PURGE. This first step of any organizing project is to take everything out and remove any junk or things you don't use. If you have multiples of the same thing and can make do with only one and consolidate, now is time to do so. 

Junk Drawer Before-Sadie Road

2. SORT. Go through and sort the items you're left with that belong in the drawer. Start categorizing them in small piles-- staples, batteries, spare keys, notepads, etc. If you find items that should go in a different spot in the home, set them aside in a separate pile. 

3. STYLE. Now that your drawers are cleared out and wiped down, this is the perfect time to make them pretty! Here we used patterned contact paper to line the bottom of the drawers to give them a little extra detail. 

Junk drawer liner- Sadie Road

4. CONTAIN. Measure your drawers. Review the piles you have sorted and make a list of what you have left. Use the measurement and the items to conceptualize the best use for your drawer space. Look for trays, cubes and baskets that will fit in your drawers. (Tip: Our go-to for drawer dividers are: Amazon, Target, Homegoods and The Container Store.) Using drawer dividers will provide a home for the various categories of "junk" and help you to know where to look for things and where to put them back. If you want to take it to the next level, try labeling each of the containers so you (and others) know exactly what belongs where. 

Junk Drawer After- Sadie Road

You can also DIY your dividers and give your drawers a pop of color using bright and patterned paper. Below is an example of DIY dividers from I Heart Organizing.  

 

DIY boxes

5. MAINTAIN. This is the hardest part. When you take something out of it's home, put it back in the same spot when you're finished. Take the extra second or two and put the items where they belong. The second piece is to edit your drawer and it's content on a regular basis. Spend a few minutes here and there tossing out unnecessary items that make their way into your drawer. If you spend 5 minutes every Sunday taking a quick look and tossing out what you don't need, you will be able to maintain a happy, organized junk drawer. 

Below is another example of a before and after junk drawer we organized.

The client had items in the drawer that weren't used, and the items needed were hard to find when all jumbled together.  

The client had items in the drawer that weren't used, and the items needed were hard to find when all jumbled together.  

The solution: drawer dividers. Simple and oh so organized!

The solution: drawer dividers. Simple and oh so organized!

Good luck with the organizing! We'd love to hear what solutions and styling elements you found to use in your junk drawer!