Organizing the Junk Drawer

Ah, the dreaded junk drawer.  We all have one.  (At least, I think we all do.  If you’ve managed to de-junkify your life… please teach me.)  Mine was getting out of hand – even more so than junk drawers usually are – so I decided to do something about it.

Here’s the scary before:

Eek!  I can’t believe I actually put that picture on the internet.  Anywho, this is clearly a desperate situation, so I did what I always do in desperate situations.  I went to Target.  Here’s my white knight, the savior of the junk drawer:

That would be a set of interlocking trays from the Room Essentials brand.  So, who’s ready to clean out a junk drawer? 

Step one: empty everything out and sort it into piles by category.  Including a throw-away pile.  This is not the time to get precious about your nametag and lanyard from your most recent legal conference, trust me.

Step two: assign categories to each of the little compartments, then fill them up.  (This is the fun part.)

Step three: Put everything back in your newly organized junk drawer.  Get mad when you realize your organizer doesn’t totally fit.  Admire your work and start looking for other stuff to organize.

All in a day’s work.


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