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!