We all have that junk drawer, you know the one. The one that holds all the little items that not large enough to have its own designated space. These things can be difficult to store and usually get stored in several different places of the home. They are the first items that are bought in multiples because they can easily be misplaced and over looked. So, to help you get these junk drawer items organized. I create a list of articles that “should” be stored in or near the junk drawer. Let’s begin.
14 Essential Items to Keep in Your Junk Drawer
Useful items for emergencies and repairs
Flashlights – A small flashlight works perfectly for the drawer. It can lay on the back of the drawer in case of emergencies.
Batteries – These items tend to roll around a lot in a drawer so having them in a small drawer bin works great to keep them contained.
Roll of tape – Did you ever need to wrap a present or tape an envelope? Having this in the junk drawer will help you finish your task quickly. Depending on how deep your drawer is, I like to have it standing on its side so I can easily spot it.
Pliers – This one is helpful for those items that loosen in the kitchen. Store this one in the back of the drawer. Get a bin that fits all of these items for easy access in case of an emergency.
Screwdriver – This one also helps with my pots and pans handles. Storing this one in the back of the drawer works great because it is not used often but can be pulled out in a pinch.
Band-aids – Now I am not talking about keeping your entire stash of band-aids and burn ointment creams in the junk drawer. You only need to have a few of these emergency kit items in this place so You don’t have to take out your large emergency kit. I like using a travel emergency kit about the size of my palm.
Super glue – You would be surprised how many times we use this item up. It helps if something breaks or chips. I particularly like the single sized glues because you can get rid of it after opened even if it partially used. No more dried out crazy glue.
Tape Measure – And, last by not least a small tape measure. This item allowed me to measure things in a jiffy and I didn’t have to go into our tool room. Storing it with the other tools works nicely.
Scissors – Always, always, always have a pair of scissors in the drawer. When I was a kid, it was so hard to find scissors in my house because it didn’t have a home. They would be moved from room to room but never returned to their home.
Useful items for cooking and storing
Cooking string – I place the cooking string in a baggie to keep it protected since it is an item we use while cooking. Plus, it doesn’t get unraveled when it is inside. =)
Rubberbands – Collecting a few rubber bands are very helpful when you need to keep things together. Storing them in a small drawer organizer works great.
Chip Clips – These items are useful for more than just chips. They work perfectly for any large bag items like frozen veggies, frozen, fruit, etc… Store them in a larger bin with the cooking string.
Pens and Pencils – You not only need pens and pencils, but you can also use a permanent marker (black) and maybe a highlighter. I find the permanent marker is ideal for writing on plastic freezer bags when I am doing a freezer meal. The highlighter helps when I am looking through a magazine and find a recipe I like. I pull out the magazine, and they highlight the ingredients I need to purchase for the recipe.
Notepads – Do you get small note pads from the charities? Well, these are the note pads I am talking about, they are thin and long and can be stored standing up on their side in a bin or near the edge of the drawer.
And, don’t forget the drawer organizers!
Measure the inside of the drawers before you shop online or in the store. Nothing is more annoying than buying a drawer organizer that doesn’t fit your drawer. Trust me, I know. =/ Here are some examples to help your drawer get more organized. (Affiliate from Amazon, feel free to click through and buy these items from Amazon. I will receive a small referral fee at no cost to you. )
And, if you have several small drawers and just can’t fit everything in one, you can do something like this. One of my clients years ago decided she needed two drawers. The images below are how we organized them. One has the various items in this handy organizer.
That’s pretty much it. Organizing the junk drawer is what I call quick organizing. It’s large enough to see the transformation but small enough not to take a long time. Good luck on your junk drawer project.
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