I can’t stand clutter around the house….so my junk drawers can tend to get out of control. I also have more than one. They are located around the house.
The first thing I do is consolidate all the drawers in one place…..with a large work area. I use paper plates to sort through everything. Then I split the items up by drawer and return everything else to it’s right place. Anything I’m not quite sure what to do with goes in the JUNK JAR. (see the junk jar tutorial here)
I like for the containers to match the insides of the drawer if possible (makes the drawer look less cluttered)….so I use spray paint to paint various boxes and containers that will fit well:
My newly organized junk drawers:
I went through every single marker, pen, highlighter etc to see which were working and then sorted them into bins within these large wood caddies:
The hardest part about my junk drawers is that I don’t like to throw anything away because I know it will end up in a landfill. I found everything under the kitchen sink: medications, over 50 dried up pens, tons of old batteries. These are things I don’t want to throw in the trash because:
:: Over 10 billion writing instruments are sent to landfills every year.
:: Over 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world.
:: 3 billion batteries are bought a year…and contain harmful metals that leak into our water and soil.
It takes a little more work to recycle and donate….but it’s worth it. I created a little recycling station in our laundry room to make it easy on the rest of the family. I painted large coffee tins and added a simple paper label:
(CAUTION: Make sure to wrap any 9V batteries in electrical tape to prevent a complete circuit from being formed. Risk of fire!)
This can is for random items that need sorting: writing instruments, old blades, medications etc:
Here’s where you can easily recycle items from your junk drawer….the links are below the images. For office supplies that are still working and in good condition consider finding a local non-profit to donate them to!