Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day Seventeen - Spring 30 Day Clutter Buster Challenge

This morning I organized my "junk drawer".  Don't be embarrassed if you have a junk drawer.  Every house has small items that just don't seem to have a "home" elsewhere.

This is my junk drawer before.

You will see that there was some attempt at organization going on in there.  The last time I organized this drawer I put in some little plastic baskets to help contain some of the like items.  Unfortunately, after time they started to shift when more and more junk got tossed into the drawer.

The first thing I did was empty the drawer and vacuum it.  I then ripped out the old liner and re-lined it with some pretty scrap booking paper.  I would love to be able to paint the inside of my drawers but as soon as new paint goes on they won't slide in and out as easily.  Since these are very old cupboards (1930's) they don't have the hardware that new drawers have allowing them to slide with ease.

I found 6 pocket knives!  I took a picture once I had discovered 4 but found two more after that.  I handed them all to Mr. P. and told him to choose one to keep in the drawer and he would have to decide what to do with the rest.  I think they went out to his workshop.

This is everything else that was decluttered from that drawer plus an MP3 player.  All of this stuff was either thrown out or re-homed somewhere else in the house.  I would estimate that half was thrown out.

And now here is the after!

What I like about it now is that I used a wire utensil organizer and one other wire basket.  There won't be any shifting when other things start getting added in, because I know they will.  When I dropped my youngest P off at school this morning, I stopped at the hardware store and bought myself a screwdriver with several bits and a hammer.  I used to have a small hammer and screwdriver in the junk drawer but the other P's kept taking them and not returning them.  I was extremely please to find a pink hammer.  Not only did I support breast cancer research in buying it, but I can almost guarantee that no one else in my house of males will want to "borrow" it.

Do you have a junk drawer?  Is it getting pretty full?  Perhaps it's time to do a junk drawer sort yourself.


  1. Oh... how I wish PINK would dissuade my men from my all pink toolbox. However, they are comfortable enough with their manhood that they "borrow" my pink equipment all the time (or is it that mine has a home and they always know where to find it?)

    Excellent work on the challenges!

  2. I have a cabinet that I use to store all my beading supplies. It is semi-organized in 'large' categories.
    Today I worked on just putting back all the beads and findings that I laid out. I made the jewellery for the bride and bridesmaids at my son and daughter-in-law's wedding this past weekend.
    On my work table there have been hundreds of beads laying out for months as I planned and worked towards this joyous event. Now, things have to go back. Arghhhhh...but I promised myself they would go back better organized than they came out.

  3. Oh, Sherry, your junk drawer looks so nice! I have plastic baskets in my drawer, too, but they tend to get filled to over-flowing. Tomorrow while the dry-wallers are working in my dining room, I will empty that drawer and get rid of a lot of "stuff".

    Thanks for the encouragement!