Almost everyone has a junk drawer―a place full of random household items tossed together in disarray. 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.

By Real Simple
Updated January 28, 2011
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Almost everyone has a junk drawer―a place full of random household items tossed together in disarray. 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.

What You Need

  • Flat surface, junk drawer (complete with junk), drawer organizer, 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.