Check out the first part of my blog on decluttering the junk drawer from July 12th.

Junk Drawer Tips: Organizing

Once you have pared down the drawer, returned items, and chosen your categories, spend a few minutes organizing. I do not have any special dividers or containers in the Coraccio Fix It drawer. We don’t have a lot of stuff—pens, note pads, and mail slips mainly. When we downsized, we completely lost any space for a junk drawer so it forced us to be more mindful.


If you can easily sift through and find what you need, you should be okay. I am a fan of not creating unnecessary work or buying containers when I don’t need them. If you have odd-shaped items or lots of different things, here are some suggestions:


You could use zip lock baggies. They are clear and you can easily label with a sharpie. Group items together based on the categories you created.


Recycle checkboxes to hold items. Use a square or rectangular to maximize space in your drawer. You could also find small containers to fit in your drawer or drawer dividers.



You will need to be diligent here as this area can easily go back to clutter. Spend 10 minutes or less one Saturday a month clearing clutter or 20 minutes or so quarterly and you should be okay. Do this while your coffee is brewing or while listening to your favorite podcast, Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out!


Safety Tip


Once you have decluttered and gotten organized, this will be a moot point. If you can’t get to your formerly known as the junk drawer, please take care of this immediately!


If you are storing loose 9 volt or AA or other batteries in a drawer in your home, watch how you store them. Don’t store them loose and rolling around with other metal, glues and other objects.


It doesn’t take much to heat a metallic object or cause a spark and start a fire. A Brillo pad, aluminum foil or a paper clip could short out on a 9-volt battery. A 9-volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts are on top, right next to one another. When storing, place in a small box or Ziploc bag. We use the package the battery came in. I would recommend the same for AA and AAA batteries. Don’t let them roll around freely.


Reminder: When you dispose of 9 volts, wrap in electrical tape or something to keep separated from anything else that may come in contact with it.


Takeaways from both blogs on decluttering and organizing  junk drawer tips:

  • Rename the junk drawer! Don’t call it junk because you will keep adding to it and creating clutter. Think in broad terms when choosing a new name.
  • Toss and recycle the real junk: expired anything, such as coupons; dried up pens and broken and bent bits.
  • Don’t store batteries loose and rolling around. Contain in a plastic bag or original box. When disposing of, wrap in electrical tape.


How can you organize your junk drawer? Do you need to check the batteries in your drawers? What’s your best tip for dealing with junk drawers?


Go out clear the clutter to create the life you choose, deserve and desire!


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