6 Steps to a Clean, Organized “Junk” Drawer

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Clearing Clutter, Kitchen Cleaning |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Keys, extension cords, medication, even tools – it’s amazing what we tend to accumulate in our “junk” drawers.

Organizing your Junk Drawer

It is possible to get and keep those pernicious junk drawers clean. Here are the 6 steps to getting it done.

  1. Dump it out.

    Clear a space on a counter, and cover it an old cloth and just empty the drawer.  While the drawer is empty, wipe it clean from any debris so you can start over fresh.

  2. Pay attention to patterns.

    As you look through items (even the ones you need to throw away) pay attention to groupings and patterns. There’s a reason you placed the item in the junk drawer – you don’t have a convenient place to put it, or you don’t trust your designated space. If you have 20 writing pens and a large assortment of sewing tools, for example, then you are in need of a pen cup on your desk, or a well-placed sewing kit. In order to stop the pattern of dumping items in the junk drawer, you need to find new places to put items.

  3. Throw away the trash and anything that is truly junk or outdated.

    Don’t hold onto items that have been in the junk drawer for two years, or that you have no idea what it is used for.

  4. Sort the remaining items into groups.

    You will surely have stationary items, tools, magnets, clips, hair bands, and the like.

  5. Organize what’s left.

    You can use empty baby bottles, plastic storage containers, ice-cube trays, utensil drawers, and even paper towel rods to organize items. What you use depends on the size of the drawer and the size of the items you need to store.

  6. Have a storage spot for everything.

    Don’t forget to leave space for items you anticipate putting in your junk drawer.

Remember, the key to keeping your junk drawer clean is to have a convenient storage space for everything, even if that storage space is a trash basket.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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