Junk drawers. Everyone has them, right? That drawer in the kitchen where you shove stuff that has no home, or better yet, the stuff you can’t identify. It all accumulates, and suddenly, it’s out of control. During the month of March, I am going through The Home Decluttering Diet detox: Take 30 days to declutter one space for 15 minutes each day. (You can follow along on Instagram and/or Facebook, and if you’re just now joining in, check out the hashtag #homedeclutteringdiet to catch up.) Last Monday we decluttered our junk drawer, and I thought I’d share the transformation with you.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Vacuum with attachment (or damp sponge) to clean out the drawer.
- Contact Paper (Optional)- If you do choose to use contact paper, you will also need the following items:
- Tape Measure
- Credit Card/Gift Card
- Organizing Bins: This is a time to get creative. Don’t feel like you need to rush out to the store to buy drawer organizers. If you already have some, great. Otherwise, use small bowls, checkbook boxes, cereal boxes, small food storage containers; whatever you have on hand.
Let’s take a look at where it all started:
Lovely, right? (Take one quick look at that change bowl in the lower left corner… we’ll be coming back to that.) The first step I always take when decluttering/organizing is to clear out everything from the space, so I dumped out the contents and vacuumed the drawer. I then separated the items into two piles… The image below is everything I not only don’t want in the drawer, I don’t even know what this stuff is:
You’d think the key to the Toyota would be something we’d want, right? Ummm… we don’t have a Toyota anymore, not for months… and months. The other key? No idea. Everything else looks like random plastic pieces that I will probably toss only to find out they were really important for something…
This next pile is everything I wanted to keep in the drawer:
Do you see that pile of change??? It grew at least 20x over. I could treat myself to a McDonald’s shake with all that 🙂
The next step is completely optional, but I happened to have some patterned contact paper already on hand. I always think this adds a little something to an, otherwise, plain looking drawer. Another option would be to make your own drawer liner using wrapping paper and clear contact paper. When applying contact paper, start by measuring the drawer (twice, so you’re not like me who thought the drawer was 17″ only to find out it was actually 17 1/2″)
Once you’re sure of your measurements, use the grid on the back of the contact paper to cut out your form. I actually prefer to cut it just a bit bigger, and then trim it to size once installed.
Once you’ve got the contact paper cut, just peel off the back and apply to the bottom of the drawer. Remember, contact paper is sticky, so do this carefully. If you get some bubbles under the contact paper, just smooth them out with a credit card or gift card.
If you have a little extra contact paper on the edges, simply take a razor and carefully run it along the edge to remove the excess. I prefer this because then you get a perfect fit in the drawer.
I didn’t want to spend any money organizing this drawer, so I grabbed a few items from around my house. The first of which were these bowls. I love their colors, patterns and textures.
I used them to hold the coins, twist ties, Krazy glue, and birthday candles.
I also used two small boxes I already had in the drawer, but decided to clean them out and store “Chip Clips” in one, and a couple screwdrivers and a tape measure in the other; seems we often need these items, and they were always out in the garage somewhere.
As weird as this may sound, I also used a piece of scrapbook paper to cover our old match box. It was so tattered and old, but I need the sides of the box to light the matches, right? Here was my compromise:
And here’s the final result:
Got a junk drawer in your house that could use a little decluttering? It took me about 30 minutes to complete this entire project, and what a difference it made.
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