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Your Ultimate Junk Drawer Organizer

Seven steps to revamping (and reclaiming!) the messiest spot in the house.

By Heather Summerville
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Pack a compartment with once roaming batteries. Roll earbuds and charging cords to prevent tangling. Keep buttons together. When you’re finished, banish any overflow to a large Ziploc in a high cabinet. Mark the calendar and check the bag in two months. If you haven’t missed the contents by then, toss it.

Hide Your Shame
Randoms will continue to appear, so have a spot in the drawer ready to receive them. Add a small box to the drawer to give tiny mementos, such as ticket stubs, a home.

Purge in Perpetuity
As a practice, when you’re chatting on the phone, open the drawer and toss or relocate an item or two. And pay special attention to the “randoms” section. Says Coach Cordelli, “The ultimate goal is to have your junk drawer become the smallest drawer in the house.”

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