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.
Who doesn’t dream of an organized junk drawer in their kitchen! I sure have, many times. Frustration of the disorganized mess drives me mad sometimes. But I took the bull by the horns, with almost no money and made it happen!
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.
Opting out of an organized junk drawer 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 TARGET DRAWER
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 from the garage. It is the natural location for a junk drawer that I tried to keep out of my kitchen. Silly me.
OH MY DEAR JUNQUE!
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. I could create a box of pens and pencils to donate to a local school and I think I will.
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.
Cut your boxes to fit comfortably inside the drawer
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 FITTED DRAWER ORGANIZATION BOXES
- Duck tap
- Pretty craft paper
- Mod Podge
- Various previously used boxes, the kind that household products and food come in
Create nice sturdy boxes with these three simple things you can find around your house. Plan ahead and save those empty aluminum foil boxes because they are perfect for the junk drawer.
Measure and cut the boxes so they will fit inside of your drawer allowing room for the drawer to open and close freely.
Then use Duck tape on the top edges and sides to make the boxes more sturdy. Be sure to also cover the top ends where the cut created an opening. Basically, cover the entire exterior of the box with Duck Tape. We use the pretty craft paper on the inside.
Now, cut the pretty craft paper to fit the inside bottom and sides and pretty up the inside of your boxes. You can skip this step and leave the boxes plain but you won’t be able to use a damp cloth to wipe them out. The Mod Podge creates a good sealer allowing for wiping.
Apply one or two top coats of Mod Podge to the inside for a good sealer. Allow to dry and you are done!
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