One of the items listed on our July's Organizing Checklist, was to organize the "junk drawer". So, I thought I'd share one that I organized for a friend of mine.
The whole name, "junk drawer" makes it seem like it should be full of just that...junk. And often times they become that.....if we let them. The problem then becomes finding what we need, when we need it.
Take this drawer. I think I can safely say it had truly lived up to its name.
The # 1 reason: it was just one HUGE space with no separation. It's pretty hard to keep things organized when it all just spills together.
So, I got to work using the SPACE process (which is what I pretty much apply to all organizing dilemmas.)
S Sort---Sort into like categories.
P Purge--Get rid of trash and things that you don't need or don't belong.
A Assess--Figure out what items need to stay & then come up with a plan.
C Containerize--These can be bought or up-cycled from something you already have.
Doesn't matter as long as it gives your things a home.
E Equalize--Figure out a way to maintain your hard work.
With this particular drawer, I was able to get rid of quite a bit as well as move things to other spaces in the home. That helped quite a bit.
Then I went to work assessing/measuring the drawer to come up with a plan.
I decided on these clear acrylic trays from the Container Store because they came in such a variety of sizes and were able to fit the space perfectly. I can't stress the importance of measuring your space first so that you don't have to go back and forth to the store to get exactly what you need.
Once I got the bins put where I wanted them I took a hard look at my piles I had created when sorting and began labeling accordingly. This is so useful for maintaining the space. It also helps everyone in the family to be on the same page.
It also made it easy to put things back in an organized fashion. Much better right?
In case you are unsure let's look at the before and after again, shall we?
Just goes to show what can come of a little sorting and planning--and I didn't even break a sweat. ;)