Organizing Your Junk Drawer

Every home has one – a junk drawer. This, I am embarrassed to say, is ours.


This cluttered catch-all must have a tractor beam that sucks in everything. Batteries. Screwdrivers. Fishing line. Tin snips (Steve told me what they were – and does anybody really snip tin anymore?). Extension cords, various flashlights, light bulbs, etc., etc., etc.

Granted, some of those things belong in there, but does it really have to be so junkie? NO.

What you’ll need:

  • A little patience
  • One hour, maybe less
  • Organizing bin(s)
  • Plastic jars (recycle mayo or applesauce jars)

Your mantra: a place for everything and everything in its place.

Empty it out. Place newspapers on your countertop and put everything from your junk drawer on it. If anything is garbage, it belongs in the garbage!

A place for everything. Make piles for each area. Craft supplies belong with your craft supplies. Tools belong in the toolbox. Sure, you may want a flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver and pliers, but tin snips, hammers and other assorted tools belong with Steve’s tools. Everything that’s left, sort into groups by category.

Everything in its place. Use organizing trays to maintain order. Consider putting the few hand tools in a recycled plastic jar (Our drawer is 16” deep). Use other jars for batteries. Even an ice cube tray gives you multiple sections for all those odds and ends.

So Clean Geeks, show me your junk drawer. Send a pic and share your organizing tips.