Declutter Motivation: Why You Should Start With The Junk Drawer

If you’re drowning in clutter and don’t know where to start, you’re not alone, I run a cleaning and decluttering Facebook group, and I can tell you that more people than you realize are struggling with declutter motivation and are overwhelmed with trying to keep their entire home clean and tidy.

We all need some help getting motivated from time to time, and in this post, we will be giving you some tips on where to start decluttering and get your home in order.

Members of my group often ask me how to get motivated to get rid of stuff, especially if they have a lot of clutter. Getting started on the decluttering process is probably the hardest part. Once you start, it gets easier as you go along.

Life can often throw us many curveballs, and things can soon get on top of us. Cleaning and simple tasks can seem overwhelming, and not knowing where to start can affect declutter motivation.

Starting with one small drawer like the kitchen junk drawer can make a big difference to your declutter motivation, as you start to see quick results without suffering overwhelm and burnout.

What better way than to start the decluttering process than with the junk drawer! It’s the perfect place to start living in a clutter free home!

Decluttering doesn’t need to be difficult Once you have an area decluttered, you should notice your cleaning motivation start to kick in too! 

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a clean, clutter free, organized home!

If you’re struggling to know where to start decluttering, we will talk you through some simple steps and motivation to banish clutter forever!

I just want to throw it out there, that it is virtually impossible to organise clutter.

Read how to clean when you have zero time in this post

 The junk drawer is literally somewhere you stash your clutter so its a great place to start to create good habits .

With that being said, it’s not going to be easy to and keep it decluttered for any length of time, especially if your family shoves stuff in there regularly.

You and your family members may use the excuse that you need to keep your clutter in the junk drawer because it’s “handy.”

However, it’s not so handy having to dig through reams of other junk in the drawer when you need something in a hurry.

 First, let’s examine the junk drawer’s typical contents, and let’s see if we can give each item a new home!

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  • Tape measure: Put this back into your toolbag or sewing box.
  • Phone chargers: Keep at a specially designed charging area like this one.
  • Sticky tape: Keep with the stationary or in a basket where you store gift bags and cards.
  • Pens: Keep with the stationary, in a pencil case.
  • Nail clippers: Keep with beauty products or in the bathroom cabinet.
  • Random keys: Keep on a key hook like this one and make sure they are labeled with special keycaps like these.
  • Random cables: Declutter any that are not needed,  then any that you want to keep should be labeled and stored in a zip lock bag or a photo organizer like this one and filed away.
  • Hair bobbles: Keep in the bedroom in a lidded box, put a few spare in your handbag and car for emergencies and bad hair days!
  • Medicine and medicine spoons: Keep all together in a  medicine cabinet, check expiry dates regularly!
  • Plastic shopping bags: Keep in a lidded car boot organizer like this one in the car boot for grocery shopping and reusable bags
  • Lipbalm: Keep in with the other beauty products or makeup kit, keep a spare in the car and bag for emergency dry lips!
  • Flasks and bottle lids: Should be stored with the bottles and flasks on a bottle organizer like this one
  • Sandwich bags: These should live with Tupperware so they are easy to find.

Every single item in the junk drawer has another home, there is absolutely no reason to accumulate all that stuff together in one random drawer!

I organized this drawer specifically for batch cooking after all the other items were returned to where they belong. So I have all my freezer bags and clips in one neat drawer.

If you’re looking for declutter motivation, the junk drawer is a great place to start. It’s a five-minute job that will free up space in your kitchen and make a big difference to your kitchen space.

For tips on how to get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess read this post!

How to declutter the junk drawer.

  1. Put everything in its correct home 

    Everything residing in the junk drawer belongs somewhere else in the home.
    Tip it all out and put it all away. No more trying to organize clutter. Just go and put it all away, getting rid of anything you don’t use or need in the process.

    stationary drawer

  2. Clean out the space 

    Wipe down your lovely empty drawer with soapy water and disinfectant, then dry thoroughly.

    cleaning kitchen drawer

  3. Take something from your countertops and store it in the drawer.

    Use the newly emptied drawer to declutter something from your countertops or surfaces and put it out of sight into the drawer. Voila, you’ve killed two birds with one stone!
    What have you got on your kitchen counters? What could you put in your newly emptied drawer?
    Utensils and knives are a great place to start! Food prep is much easier with clear countertops and clutter-free workspace.

    minimalist kitchen

  4. Remind yourself how organised your space is .

    Look at the freshly decluttered drawer and the space on your countertop and remind yourself how good it feels to be able to find all those items that you found a new home for.

    organised drawer

  5. Reward yourself

    After you’ve decluttered your first drawer reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.

    woman reading in bed

As you start decluttering, you should begin to recognize that shoving things where they don’t belong is the slippery slope of clutter and is the reason most of us can’t stay organized.

Having a drawer solely dedicated to “junk”  is fooling ourselves into believing that it’s ok just to shove things in the nearest drawer or cupboard.

Have a think about the other drawers in your house, do you have more than one junk drawer? If so, unleash your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of them!

Let’s break this habit and recharge your motivation to purge clutter, starting with one drawer at a time. Gradually move on to other areas of your home, like your kitchen cupboards or your closet. Giving everything a home, if you cant find a home for it, try to get rid of it. Read this post to find out more about clutter creep and how using a simple glass of water can help you get rid of clutter.

If going cold turkey is too much for you and you can’t get rid of your junk drawer altogether you might want to use a junk drawer organizer such as this one to keep all your cutlery together.

Why not put a knife block like this one that holds twelve knives into your new empty drawer to keep your knives sharp and organized!

You could use your drawer as a charging station for your devices!

How can I motivate myself to declutter?

If you need help motivating yourself to declutter head on over to this post where we discuss how to start with small bite-sized tasks and talk you through the simple steps you need to take to boost your declutter motivation. 

Do people need help decluttering?

If you feel you need help to declutter your home, there are some fantastic support groups, such as this one where you are encouraged to ask questions and seek help. Some people prefer to be left alone when they are decluttering and are better to be left to their own devices. We should never force anyone to declutter or try to force them to get rid of anything if they are not ready.

I want to know how to clean and declutter fast.

To learn some speed cleaning techniques you should read this post
where we discuss how to work around a room to clean it faster and more thoroughly than ever before. But remember to declutter before you clean! To discover the favourite products I keep in my cleaning
kit read this post!

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2 thoughts on “Declutter Motivation: Why You Should Start With The Junk Drawer

  1. lisalambert38 - says:

    I have several junk drawers and to much clutter on counter tops it’s. Early spring clean time so will have to sort them out and use them more productively I think thanks for the reminder though

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