What drawer in your kitchen drives you crazy more than the junk drawer? We didn’t even have one so I created a well organized junk drawer without spending a dime on dividers or plastic bins.
Welcome to the Drawer Organization Blog Hop!
For the entire month of April, 10 bloggers will be sharing the process of cleaning and organizing one drawer in our homes each week! To kick off the first week, we’re focusing on drawers in our kitchen and dining rooms!
We did not even have a junk drawer in our kitchen! GASP! I was so traumatized by the clutter we encountered in our home when we packed to move last year that I foolishly decided not to have a junk drawer in my new home.
So that was not a good idea and here’s why. My dish towel drawer became the junk drawer and overcrowding quickly erupted!
In my defense, there are two organizer boxes in this drawer which were used in our former home so at least I did have good intentions.
This drawer is to the right of the sink making it the perfect place for dish cloths and towels. It is a very large and wide drawer which quickly became overcrowded when we begin to add junk there also.
We need a dedicated junk drawer as all homes should have one!
The Potholder drawer is to the left of the stove. It is a smaller drawer and also overcrowded with years of accumulated potholders.
This drawer is under the first counter we approach as we enter the kitchen. It is the natural location for a junk drawer that I tried to keep out of my kitchen. Silly me.
Here is all the junque which was in the kitchen towel drawer! Shocking how much was actually in there!
First I tested all the ink pens to be sure they were good. The markers were returned to the craft room which was recently organized.
The black marker stays in the kitchen for writing names on Solo cups when we have a crowd over.
Then I returned things to their rightful places and created a new home for straws. Those expired coupons found their way to the recycle bin.
I got busy finding boxes to use as organizers. I sat each one inside the empty drawer to mark the height on the side. The cut was made below the line to prevent the organization box from being too tall.
Boxes I used included; tissue, belvita, pop corn, storage bags, two foil boxes, instant oatmeal, Pop tarts, and one cereal box which I cut the sides off to use.
The red heart Duck Tape box was used in our previous home when I organized a much smaller kitchen drawer a few years ago. Notice it crammed full of stuff in the first Before picture above.
It is like putting a puzzle together finding all the boxes to fit but well worth the genuinely little effort it really takes.
How To Make Drawer Organization Boxes
Duck tap, pretty craft paper and Mod Podge are all I used to create sturdy boxes. Everything I needed was already in my craft room and I robbed the pantry for the boxes. The foil boxes were saved for this purpose.
The duck tape was used on the top edges and sides to make the boxes more sturdy. Also on the ends where the cut created an opening.
Also See: DIY Duck Tape Clothepin Bag
The pretty craft paper was applied using Mod Podge. I added a top coat of Mod Podge as a sealer to make the visible inside bottoms of the boxes more sturdy and so they could be wiped out occasionally.
Duck tape, pretty paper and Mod Podge will make these boxes hold up for years as my new Junk Drawer Organizers and it didn’t cost me a penny!
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