When we moved into this house, I was thrilled with the amount of drawer space in the kitchen. Mind you, our apartment only had three tiny drawers in the kitchen, so there was no room for extra stuff. (There was no room for anything, really!) In my current kitchen, I have two large drawers, a medium drawer and a small drawer. That’s heaven for me!
Anyways, I swore up and down that we would NEVER have a “junk” drawer. You know the one I mean. The one that somehow everything from paper clips to flashlights and everything in between gets thrown into. And you can literally hurt yourself trying to find a singular item inside those drawers. I HATE those drawers.
But guess what. I ended up with one anyways. And really, there’s no one to blame. Well. There IS someone to blame. And that person is ME.
Because I like clean counters. I really do. I don’t like lots of stuff sitting out around the counters. It really bothers me, and it’s hard for me to cook in the kitchen when there is too much clutter everywhere. So, like happens around my house when I don’t have an organizing system in place, things get out of hand. And I had taken to shoving whatever was cluttering my counter into this one drawer that had a little extra room in it. HAD. HAD a little extra room in it.
But the other day, when I found that somehow one of our bills had made it into that drawer, and I had almost missed paying said bill, that was enough. I knew I had to organize it.
Here’s the drawer before:
**HANGS HEAD IN SHAME**
Here’s all the stuff when I pulled it out of the drawer. I don’t even know…
I don’t even have an explanation. Except the afore-mentioned shoving.
And here is the drawer after:
**SIGH OF CONTENTMENT**
So much better!
1. I wanted the drawer to be functional.
We come and go a LOT from the door that connects the kitchen and the garage, so I wanted to make sure there were things like flashlights and spare keys in there. We also walk in that door with the mail, so I wanted to make sure the mail could be opened quickly and easily, right from that spot.
2. I wanted to make sure I was prepared.
We’re always looking for writing utensils, and, even though it may seem silly, if I need to write something down and I’m on the kitchen side of the house, I will “try to remember it myself without writing it down”, just because I don’t want to take the time to go to the office (which is on the other side of the house) to get a pen and paper. Then I forget whatever it was I was trying to remember myself…it’s just no good, I tell you.
3. I wanted to have a little extra space left.
I’m in the kitchen a LOT, and when we have guests over, it’s nice to be able to slide whatever recipes/hand towels/timer etc. I was using in the drawer so the kitchen looks open and clean. Plus, if I don’t always want everyone to see a recipe and start asking me tons of questions about it, ha!
4. I wanted it to match the other drawers.
Since the rest of the drawers hold these same silver mesh organizers, I picked up a few more at Bed, Bath & Beyond so everything would be the same across the board. Also, this would help with the organizational system of the drawer, so I wouldn’t let it get back to it’s original messy self.
The process took under an hour!
Do YOU have a junk drawer that drives you crazy? I wanna see it! (It’ll make me feel better, ha!) If you don’t, how do you keep from getting one?