Meet the Magnetic Organizer That Helped Me Declutter My Junk Drawer for Good

published Jun 16, 2021
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Here’s a terrifying question: What’s in your junk drawer? Mine contains batteries, Band-Aids, birthday candles, instruction manuals, take-out menus, recipe cards, and more. So much more, in fact, that it’s totally gotten out of hand. It can be argued that take-out menus are ancient artifacts in our technology-driven world, but when my friends are over and we’re on a quest for food, they come in handy. One thing that does get old, however, is digging through junk drawers to find menus and recipes buried under everything else. I figured there had to be a better way of organizing them that didn’t involve adding a binder to my kitchen counter. In my hunt for the perfect organizing solution, I found the Yamazaki Home Tosca Magnet Recipe Book Rack.

The very first thing I did after unpacking the book rack was face my skepticism of magnetic storage head-on. I’ve noticed the rise in magnetic organizers, but it’s only now that I’ve committed to one because I wasn’t totally convinced of how heavy a load they could carry. The Tosca book rack is primarily made of steel with a wooden rod across the top to keep its contents in place. There are two magnet panels on the back which, to my delight, had a super-strong hold. Once I stuck it to my refrigerator, it took a bit of elbow grease to pry it off and slide it around. Immediately, all my doubts about its grip flew out of the window. 

Primarily, I wanted to use this rack for take-out menus and recipe sheets from my meal kits. I also needed a place to hold a dry erase marker and cleaning cloth for the peel-and-stick smart dry erase board that I use for my grocery list. For a long time, I looked into magnetic pen holders and pens, but the Tosca book rack eliminated that need altogether. The bin measures 2 inches wide and is 2.5 inches deep, so I can store the marker and cloth within arm’s reach and retrieve them easily.

An added benefit of the Tosca book rack’s steel design is that it can be used as more than a refrigerator storage bin. Magnets stuck to the front of it can hold notes, coupons, and lists. (Personally, I’m a fan of Mighties Magnets for their size and strength.) Another perk of the magnetic back of the organizer is that it sticks to any metal surface and can be used outside of the kitchen, such as a mail holder for the front door.

Using the magnetic rack as a filing system has taken my kitchen organization to the next level, as I’ve seen a big reduction in drawer clutter. I’ve even been brainstorming other storage methods to remove the need for a junk drawer entirely, but that’s another task for another day. For now, I’m just happy I can grab any menu I need with a single swipe — no shuffling through junk required.