21 Days To A Clean Organized Home: Day 4 – Cleaning the Junk Drawer


Today is the day we tackle that junk drawer. We know we all have one and they got their nick-name for a reason. They are filled with junk! It is truly crazy what you will find in a junk drawer.

My junk drawer was no exception….

And to make matters worse, I had so much junk in that drawer that when I pulled the whole drawer out of the cabinet I found this…

Crazy, right?! When items start jumping out of the drawer, on their own…I think that’s a sign that I need to clean….now! 🙂

So I took the whole drawer and placed it on my coffee table. I turned on one of my favorite TV shows, got a trash bag and dived right in.

You want to know some of the things I discovered in this drawer? A tire gauge, a thermometer, some baby pictures of my son, my college transcripts, and Halloween candy?! Man….what a mess.

I removed everything, cleaned the actually drawer and then placed everything back. To organize this space, I found a set of three great little baskets at Wal-mart a few days back. They cost a total of $1.34 and I think they were worth every penny.

It took me about 30 minutes to organize this drawer. And here are the results…

I placed markers and glue in the first basket. Pencils in the second. And pens and tape in the third. To the side of that is a collection of note pads. I have checkbooks in the back for now. I may move them if I find a better place. But overall, I think a great improvement from before.

I am amazed by how many pencils we have collected. My husband was always complaining that he could never find a pencil. I would always tell him, there are some in the junk drawer, just go get one. He would say that he already looked there–couldn’t find any. So, eventually he would just give up and go buy more. Well, last night when he came home, I told him to go see if he could find a pencil. You should have seen the look on his face! Booyah! 🙂

So, now its your turn. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, before and after. Can’t wait to see them all this Saturday!

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