The Organized Junk Drawer

by Chris on October 1, 2012

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The classic oxymoron. “But Just a Girl, how can you have both?” you ask. I’ll tell you how. You buy a super sweet organizer, and you call your kids in for a family meeting. You tell them that anyone who messes it up will be grounded (a month or a year works best). Then–and here’s the important part–you actually follow through on that threat.

But let’s start from the beginning, shall we? It all started like this. By all means, take a minute. Soak up the junk. Let’s pretend this is a game of ISpy. Find the following items:

  1. Ice cream eraser
  2. Vampire teeth
  3. Sidewalk chalk
  4. Spool of thread

organize

I always say (‘cause I’m such an expert and all) that the key to organizing is purging. In other words—gut it! I took everything out and got rid of or re-housed most of the items in the drawer.

clean drawer

And this is where you go from amateur to professional. I’ve tried to organize this thing before, but it just never stuck. I purchased these two trays from Marshalls for $7.99 a piece.

drawer organizers

And because I knew one little crooked tray or slip of the organizer could be our downfall, I used these little velcro fasteners in each corner of the trays. They don’t go anywhere, but I can remove them if needed.

velcro fasteners

And then the fun part. I went through alllll those random items and chose the things I know we use on a daily basis. Because I did this before school started, I was able to find a couple of matchy matchy items just for the fun of it.

organizing tray

Cute green and blue paper clips, say hi to your cousins adorable matching Post-its. And then wave to your charming neighbors, the highlighters.

drawer organizer

I held off on writing this post so I could report about its success. I am happy to inform that everything is still in place and no children have been harmed in the process. Shocked? Yeah, me too.

organized drawer

Obviously, your daily necessities might look a little different from ours (Chapstick obsession, anyone?), but I can’t recommend this process enough. It has definitely helped with homework, bill-paying, last minute hair fixes, removal of tags… Well, you get it.

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