Organizing the Junk Drawer (please contain your excitement)

August 14, 2012

I followed my own advice yesterday and tackled a project that I’ve let go all summer long.  Those lazy days of summer led to laziness around the house which led to a messy kitchen zone with piles of who knows what’s in there and I came home from vacation to a cluttered mess.  Yay.


I’m in back-to-school mode this week so I grabbed some fresh school supplies and then tackled that family zone that hides our junk drawer in the kitchen.


In the past I’ve been good about keeping my junk drawer organized but I pretty much let it all go over the summer.  Since it’s ‘hurry up and get organized’ week at our casa  I began with the dreaded dump.

Oh. what. fun !!

Nope, it’s zero fun if you ask me, but a few hours later, I had it all separated, tossing the real junk and organizing what remained into sections – on one side some new supplies and school related stuff like erasers, tape, scissors, chalk, rubber bands, glue sticks, etc. and on the other stamps, business cards, gift cards, small screwdrivers, hooks and pens.

Organizing teeny tiny things is never a fun task for me but in the end it’s a satisfying one – I’ve had these two tier organizers for about five years, I think I found them at Bed, Bath and Beyond – not sure if they carry them anymore but they keep me sane.  At least when I keep them under control in autumn, winter, and spring.  :)  Update:  these drawer organizers are available here at The Container Store and they are awesome.


“I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I had your name and address”  – name the movie.


The tumbler is from Anthropologie, the pencil cup I bought two years ago, and the patterned tray was a Joss & Main purchase, and I painted the corkboard too, to lighten up the scene.

If you’re looking for motivation for organizing your office or junk drawer, check out this article on Ten Ways to Organize the Small Stuff – just in time for back to school !



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