Organizational Sunday #10: The Junk or Catch-All Drawer

Heather says

How are those counters looking after last week? Do they need a quick re-visit? It’s absolute okay if they do. Getting your home organized is a process and it takes time.

I forgot to announce the winner of the bamboo cutting boards. An email has been sent, if your email address is martha******@gmail.com, please check your inbox for an email from me.

March’s random drawing from newsletter subscribers will be 3 Method Cleaning Products of the winner’s choice from a list of options, some restrictions apply*.

Read more about my love of Method products: 

Clean Like A Mother
Just Say No To Jugs With Method
Method and Pattern Maker
When Is Clean Too Clean?

This week we’re organizing the junk or catch-all drawer. 

organize junk drawer

I like to browse Reddit when I’ve got a little buffer time**. A while ago, I saw a great thread, I can’t remember what started it, but people from all over the world submitted pictures of their junk drawers. Yes the names were a little different, but everyone knew what was meant. It’s that drawer, usually in the kitchen, that catches the odds and ends, the odd sized battery, the rubber bands, and receipts, etc. It’s not just us, nearly everyone has this somewhere in their home. 

Your mission today is to dive into your drawer(s). I don’t expect perfection. If you want to be super organized (and think others in the house will cooperate) you can use a divider to wrangle the odds and ends into a sort of order. 

There are at least two tactics you can take, but whatever you do, check your pens to see if they actually work before putting them back:

  1. Remove the drawer from its rails and take it to your work area, preferably one that can be vacuumed, trust me. Dump the contents. Return the drawer to its rightful place and sort through the contents without easy access to the drawer.
  2. Drag the trash can near your drawer and go through the contents, try to be ruthless in your decision to toss things. 

Have fun and don’t be scared to toss the bent paper clips.  

Receipts can be put into a dated envelope.
Appliance manuals are online, unless your appliance is vintage, you don’t have to hang onto the paper clutter. If you’ve been keeping a binder of family recipes, add a divider tab and write down the appliances / model numbers on another sheet of paper. It’ll make searching for repair information easier. 

See you next week!

organization challenges

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*Restrictions include:

  1. The shipping address must be in the continental United States. (This restriction is due to shipping charges)
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Void where prohibited by law. 
  4. The prize is intended to allow the person to choose 3 scents of their choice, not to allow the selection of multiple bulk orders. This is supposed to be a fun, token prize, not something to make Heather’s children go hungry. Capiche?

**Buffer time is the extra fifteen or so minutes I try to give myself to cover traffic, lost keys (which I’ve gotten much better about), and acts of God. I used to keep a paperback or three in the car to entertain myself. Now I’ve got the entire world in my hands via a smartphone. I’m not sure this is necessarily an improvement.

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3 Comments

  1. Kate Nolan on March 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Another good thing to keep in that binder is a list of details on cookware and bakeware. I was forever looking up the highest oven temp I can use for certain items, so I finally just wrote them down!

    • Heather on March 9, 2016 at 5:46 am

      That is a fantastic suggestion. Thank you 🙂

      • Michael on March 9, 2016 at 8:42 am

        Wait, cooking equipment has requirements like max temperature? This is way too complicated for me. Back to Taco Bell!! Seriously, I had no idea. I bet you people separate the colors when you wash clothes too.

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