Have you got a junk drawer? If you do not, then you’re either a two-year-old or you’re blessed with the no-pack-rat gene.
“Honey, where do I locate a screw to fit this mount?” Calls my husband out of the kitchen.
“From the junk drawer!” I yell from upstairs.
If you’re a pack rat, then it is more likely you have a”junk closet” or even a”junk room” (called a garage or pantry). Do you sometimes believe you have become cluttered or have difficulty finding things? If you are just starting out in a new location, then you do not have to worry much about this issue, unless you are moving from an old place. If you are moving from an old place, then you’re likely to replicate the same junk problem in your new place. Whether you have crap or are going to start creating junk, here are some strategies to become more organized.
First, I must inform you that I am a junk drawer urge. If you are over 18, you will need junk drawers. If you are excessively organized and do not have junk drawers, then you do not need to read any farther. You are, in scientific circles, what they call an”outlier”, i.e., not ordinary.
Junk drawers happen. They’ve a mind of their own. They are a convenient area to hide things before guests come over, for cleaning things off counters, and for placing miscellaneous things in that you don’t know what to do with. Finally… the drawer will not close.
This obeys the principle of”keep it in which you use it.”
As you use the junk drawer, watch for an accumulation of like things, like screws, rubber bands, bag clips, and hardware. If you have another drawer with the identical stuff, look at putting”like with like” unless you will need the duplicate items in a different area.
Secret number two is to place some baggies and masking tape with a pencil in each drawer. When you end up throwing something to the drawer, such as a charging cable, place it in the baggy and write down exactly what it goes to. This technique also works well for toy parts and miscellaneous electronics and hardware.
Secret number three is to sort the drawers twice per year. With small boxes and baggies handy, remove the things you are not using and put them together from all the drawers. If you are the pack rat (“Honey, I know I will want this broken blender foundation someday”), then all of these items will go into a marked box in the garage or attic. If you are not the pack rat, then determine what could be recycled, thrown out, or donated to the thrift shop.
Finally, purchase several clear plastic jar sets from the local household goods store and place these in strategic places for screws, tools, hardware and glues, and other categories such as batteries and electronics. The possibilities are endless. If you are fortunate enough to have a few closets, you can designate an entire shelf to those special organizers.
Searching for something? Now you’ll know just where to look.