Thursday, January 10, 2013

Junk Drawer + Pinterest= FANTASTIC!

Let's talk about a little somethin­g that almost everyone, save for the likes of Martha Stewart or Oprah, has in his/her kitchen.

The dreaded junk drawer.

The black hole of homeless household flotsam and jetsam. The bane of many a person’s organizing existence.

 Ours looked like this:
Nope, the drawer isn't driving me to drink in the mornings,
Little Man likes his water in a "fancy" glass.

 When it was all spread out, the contents looked like this:
Duckie helped by putting all the dead batteries in a line

 Some of my personal favorite highlights?
  • Not one, not two, but three keys for our old house
  • The doorbell from the boys’ play house
  • Toenail clippers (ew)
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Two carabineers
  • Approximately 2.5 billion dead batteries
  • Disposable camera from our wedding. 8 years ago.

So as part of Organize-a-palooza, I definitely needed to tackle the organization of our junk drawer. I went through all of the stuff and purged all the unnecessary items. This left me with a much more manageable selection of items for in the junk drawer.

Now, I could have just put all this stuff back into the drawer and felt happy as a clam with my newly cleaned out and organized-ish junk drawer, but OH NO! That isn’t good enough!

 I had to get all Pinteresty up in this mutha.

Disclaimer: my Pinterest projects usually come out more like an entry from Pintester, than like the original source, so bear that in mind as you prepare for my finished project. Because it is glorious. 

Anyhoo… Months ago I pinned this really cool project from The Stonybrook House:

Photo used with permission from the author.

Lori made a super cute drawer organizer out of old food boxes, Mod Podge, and wrapping paper. It seemed about my crafting speed, so I have been slowly, but surely, amassing boxes over the last few months. (Fun fact: it is really hard to amass boxes when you don’t buy many boxed foods!)

I decided today was the day to tackle this project. I grabbed my handy-dandy craft knife (and by grabbed, I mean ran out to Michael’s and purchased one with a gift card that I recently found) and set to work.

Now, this is a REALLY great project and on the whole it is SUPER easy, but if you are like me and can’t draw or cut in a straight line, you may end up with some wibbley tops!

It took a while for me to figure out the best layout for my junk drawer, but eventually I came up with a good one. Being super frugal, I actually used the tops and the bottoms of the boxes, so I got more bang for my non-spent buck!

And because I’m lazy and I am pretty sure Mod Podge HATES me, I didn’t cover them in cute paper. I just used some of Little Man’s electric lime green duct tape to hold it all together. I tell myself that it adds a certain flare to my wibbley topped organizer. Like any good craft mother, I think it is beautiful and can’t stop opening the junk drawer to admire my new drawer organizer!

Long story short, if you are looking for a quick fix for your drawer organization woes, I recommend trying out this method!


  1. Love it! And I love that you didn't get all crazy about it having to "look" cute! :) I like the green duct tape!

    1. I figure that this is one drawer that no one but Diesel, the kids, and I will be looking at, so why wrestle with it.

      Now, when I make one for my desk drawer next week, all bets are off, because I like pretty things in my office! :)

  2. Hey, it works and looks great! Way to go girl!

  3. And if the green duck tape gets old or on your nerves, you can just cover it with a different patterned duct tape. Spruce it up and reinforce at the same time!

    1. Very true! I could get all kinds of crazy with duct tape! :)

  4. Hi Colleen! Thanks for the mention! Hey it works! Thats all that really matters! I've gotten comments about using contact paper too, that sounds easier than the mod podge!

    1. Lori-- Thanks for stopping by! You're the first "linked to" that has actually commented, so thank you so much! :)

      I thought, briefly, about using contact paper, because I have a role of cute polka dot contact paper laying around, but then I remembered that contact paper hates me even more than mod podge does!

      Looking forward to trying out some of your other projects!


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