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Junk Drawer makeover – An easy start

Create a junk drawer

While maintaining a “junk” drawer might seem counterintuitive to a 31-day #declutter challenge, however the reality is that this type of catchall space holds an important purpose in a well organized, clutter-free home.

The “junk” drawer is usually a fun, small and easy start to any #declutter challenge… so let’s set our goal for the say, and layout each step.

Today’s #Declutter goal: An organized and purposeful “junk drawer” that serves as a catchall for life’s little necessities that otherwise might not have a home.

Steps to Success:

  1. Take a “before” picture of your “junk drawer(s)”
  2. Declutter. If you have multiple junk drawers, focus only on one drawer at a time. Empty the drawer and immediately donate, toss or sell unwanted items on Facebook, Craigslist or Nextdoor.
  3. Clean. Wipe drawer clean of dust, spills and debris and then add a pretty liner or a clear drawer liner for easy cleanups in the future.
    1. Keep only items that:
      • Are currently useful.
      • Are in good condition and in working order.
      • Don’t have another home.
    2. Do NOT keep items that:
      • Belong somewhere else.
      • Are broken, damaged or missing any pieces.
      • You feel obligated to keep because they were a gift.
      • You do not use, need or want.
  4. Create a functional storage space for your remaining junk drawer items. Be sure to sort them in a way that makes sense and makes them easy to access. Use drawer dividers (buy at The Container Store) to create specific areas for each item, and LABEL EVERYTHING so that EVERYONE IN your family knows where each item belongs!
  5. Please share your “before/after” photos of how your project went for you in your stories on Instagram tagging me with @organizedbyburley or on facebook @organizedburley. I’d love to see your results and answer any questions that you might have!

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