How To Declutter The Junk Drawer In One Easy Step!

How to organise your junk drawer

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

And, a junk drawer is literally somewhere you stash your clutter.

With that being said, it’s not going to be easy to declutter your junk drawer and keep it decluttered for any length of time, especially if your family shove stuff in there on a regular basis.

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.

Let’s examine the typical contents of the junk drawer.

How to organise the junk drawer.
  • Tape measure ~ keep in the toolbox.
  • Phone chargers ~ keep at the charging station.
  • Sticky tape ~ keep with the stationary.
  • Pens ~ keep with the stationary.
  • Nail clippers ~ keep with beauty products or in the bathroom cabinet.
  • Random keys ~ keep on a designated on the key hook.
  • Random cables ~ declutter if not needed.
  • Hair bobbles ~  keep in the bedroom
  • Medicine ~ keep all together in a  medicine cabinet
  • Plastic bags~keep in the car boot for shopping
  • Lipbalm ~ keep in with the beauty products or makeup kit
  • Flasks and bottle lids should be stored with the bottles and flasks
  • sandwich bags ~shouldd live with the Tupperware for easy food prep.

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

This drawer has been decluttered and organised specifically for meal planning and batch cooking after all the other items were returned to where they belong.

organising for mealprep

How to declutter the junk drawer.

Everything residing in your junk drawer belongs somewhere else in the home.
Tip it all out and go and put it all away. No more trying to organise the junk drawer, just go and put it all away.
Now, use the newly empty drawer declutter something from your countertops or surfaces and out of sight, and voila you’ve killed two birds with one stone! Look at your kitchen counters, what could you put in your newly emptied drawer?

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

As you start to declutter your junk drawer you should start to realise that you often just shove things where they don’t belong when you are in a hurry, this is the slippery slope of clutter and the reason most of us can’t stay organised.

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 put that on your decluttering todo list!

Let’s break this habit today, starting with decluttering the junk drawer!


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  1. lisalambert38 -

    March 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    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

  2. onelazychic

    March 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

    oh..u reminded me how many junk drawer i have. I am going to de-cluttered them one by one now.

  3. ellhamm

    March 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

    very nice post.I enjoyed reading every bit of it.

  4. charles

    March 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for this post.its so nice.I really like reading from your blog too.

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