How to Organize a Junk Drawer

Almost everyone has a junk drawer―a place full of random household items tossed together. But a drawer full of odds and ends doesn’t have to be disorderly. With a couple of basic tools, you can transform your catch-all to an organized area in just minutes. Watch this video.

What You Need

  1. Check flat surface
  2. Check junk drawer (complete with junk)
  3. Check drawer organizer
  4. Check key tags

Follow These Steps

  1. Empty and sort contents of drawer

    Dump everything in your junk drawer out onto a large surface such as a kitchen table. Sort through the contents, discarding anything that’s broken or that you don’t need. Find another home for things that don’t belong in this drawer.

  2. Insert a drawer organizer

    Purchase a drawer organizer and fit it into the now-empty drawer. Group like items together on your work surface and place them into the compartments that suit them best.

    Tip: If you don’t have a drawer organizer, you can use a group of small cardboard jewelry boxes, votive candleholders, empty bank-check boxes, or ice cube trays.

  3. Organize stray keys

    Random keys are a staple of most junk drawers. Use key tags to label stray keys. Place labeled keys together in a compartment of the junk drawer and you’ll never wonder what they unlock again.

    Tip: You can purchase key tags at your local stationary store or hardware store.