Clean Out Your Junk Drawer: Shifrah's Junk Drawer Progress

Clean Out Your Junk Drawer: Shifrah's Junk Drawer Progress

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Shifrah Combiths
Sep 20, 2014
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I've read that some professional organizers advise not having a junk drawer at all. While this idea jives well with the thought of "a place for everything," even the best intentions not to have a junk drawer are often confronted by, well, a drawer filled with junk that needs to be cleaned out! Whether your junk drawer is designated or accidental, here's a peek into my own long overdue junk drawer clean-out.

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So my junk drawer was pretty much as bad as it could be. The right side held cooking utensils and wasn't so bad, but the left side was a dumping ground for all sorts of things we didn't have a place for and/or didn't want to put away. Junk filled the space even under and around the white drawer divider.

(Image credit: Shifrah Combiths)

I always start these types of decluttering and organizing project by emptying out the area that needs an overhaul. For me, the fresh space is a promise of starting over, an immediate morale booster — very necessary when there's a pile of junk to be dealt with. So I completely emptied the drawer and wiped it out with a damp cloth.

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Then the sorting began. First, I pushed all the junky miscellaneous things aside, separating them from the cooking items. Next, I put like cooking utensils with like, where applicable: salad servers, tongs, skewers, cooking thermometers, corkscrews, and bottle stoppers got separated into groups. Duplicates were purged from the assortment, and then I began putting them back into the drawer according to the groups I'd made.

Much better. Nothing in here that doesn't belong, and only what's actually needed and used.

What I did with the tricky part of the junk drawer might not be what you'd expect, but there's a method to my madness. Tune in tomorrow for the final view.

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Take quick photos of your "before" junk drawer OR the gorgeous "after" cleaned out junk drawer and then post and tag on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr with #atweekendproject. Or even just tell us about your junk drawer...we'll be looking for you!

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