How junkie is your junk drawer? I really don’t like the term “junk drawer” It should be called “odds and ends” drawer or “things I need “ drawer.
What do we keep in the drawers? They are usually things we find around the house that really don’t have a home or we don’t have time to subcategorize them. All those little pieces we find throughout our home. What does a professional organizer keep in her junk drawer?
Hmmmm lets see. I have a couple buttons. Some chalk. I have a couple marbles (you never know when you need more) rubber bands, paperclips, barrettes (for my daughter who is growing out her bangs). Really all kinds of crap.
Sometimes I encounter a client who has several “odds and ends” drawers. Everything just ends up being thrown in them because we are to busy or…say it with me…they don’t have a true home!
Here are a couple things that you need to have available…but not in the odds and ends drawer. A handy little toolbox. This is perfect for changing those pesky batteries that toys seem to burn through; hanging a picture; or putting together some great find from Ikea. What ever it is have a tool kit and keep in on the shelf in your coat closet or back hall. It will be easy to access and put away.
Another thing you need is a separate container for batteries, especially if you have children. Lord knows we go through the batteries with all the flashing and noisy toys. A plastic shoebox size container will contain all kinds of batteries and protect your things incase one decides to leak. Plus I don’t know if you have ever noticed, they smell. Those are 2 things that should not end up in your odds and ends drawer.
Okay so what is left? Some rubber bands; paperclips; a flashlight? (That could go in an emergency kit) loose change; all those little things you pickup through out the house and know they belong to something but are not quite sure.
The key is you need to go through that drawer once in a while. Set a doable schedule like every six months and if you have time or the energy possible every 3 or 4 months. If you have a junk drawer rethink what it could be called. An odds and ends drawer sounds much better. We have to have a place where we keep those items. If one particular category keeps ending up in the drawer create a new category for it and store it somewhere else. A closet, a shelf in the garage, somewhere easy to access. Remember to label the containers
If you create the plan and give your family the right tools they will follow your lead.