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How to Organize Your Junk Drawer

Organize Your Junk Drawer (Yes, It IS Possible!)

Is your junk drawer a hot mess? Our friends at All You have shared some tips on how to keep it organized!

Junk drawers, like medicine cabinets and basement closets, are an organizational taboo. Sure, we all have one, but we don't want to talk about what's in there and we definitely don't want anyone else to sneak a peek inside. As the landing place for everything from spare thank you cards to lonely paper clips, junk drawers get a bad rep for being an office supply graveyard, but it doesn't have to be that way. Dedicate a little bit of time to organizing it, and you'll find your junk drawer isn't filled with junk at all.

What to keep in your junk drawer:

  1. A pad of paper, Post-It notes, and stray sheets of blank paper: When you're making a list, you don't want to forget half of it before you even find a sheet of paper. Skip the scramble by storing plenty of blank paper you can scribble on whenever inspiration strikes (or for when you need to remind yourself to pick up a gallon of milk).
  2. Pens, pencils, and permanent markers: Stick to basic black and blue pens and #2 pencils in this drawer and put the colorful options in a craft drawer. And when you find a pen that doesn't work? Toss it immediately into the trash; empty pens and broken pencils are the kind of annoying items that give the junk drawer its name.
  3. Little office supplies: Use a plastic container to corral all of your paper clips, staples, push pins, and rubber bands into one corner of the drawer. They're the kind of items you might not reach for every day, but when you need one, you don't want to be rooting around for them under piles of paper and envelopes.
  4. Stamps, envelopes, and thank you notes: Make it easy to extend a little courtesy to friends and family by always keeping a stack of thank you notes on hand. To keep your stamps from getting lost in the drawer, paper clip them to the box of envelopes or to the top thank you note in the stack.
  5. Documents you'll need in the next week: If you can't immediately sit down and pay the bills that came today or you need to look over your child's permission slip before you sign it, store it here temporarily. Once it's no longer an "action item," find a new place for it to live.

What not to keep in your junk drawer:

  1. Old bills, holiday cards, or notes from friends and family: If you aren't going to look at it in the next month, find somewhere more permanent to store it. If you really want to have a cute card close at hand, stick it on the fridge or to a bulletin board so people will actually see it.
  2. Coupons: Out of sight, out of mind. You may accidentally leave them at home or forget you have them until they're expired. Pick up a cute coupon organizer and keep it in your purse or car so that you always have them on hand when you need them.
  3. Items that belong in other rooms: Why would you store birthday candles in a junk drawer in the office if you're using them in the kitchen? Likewise, hair ties and spare lip balm belong in bathrooms or bedrooms, not mixed in with your office supplies.

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