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Much as we don’t like to admit it, we all have one: that drawer full of random things you don’t where else to put. It’s probably in a grave state of disarray as well. Although it can be useful to have this drawer when you want to quickly put things away, it can make things hard to find and you’re probably storing things you might not even need in it.
Step 1: Empty it out.
Although tedious, you need to see everything that’s in the junk drawer and consider each item individually. Marie Kondo’s method of only keeping things that bring you joy can be a way to choose what to keep, or you can go the practical route and keep those things you need. You don’t have to throw away everything or anything, really. Just make sure that you aren’t keeping random junk that don’t serve you any purpose. (On another note, this is a great time to clean the drawer!)
Step 2: Compartmentalize.
Separating the objects from your drawer into categories of like items will help you when you are ready to put them back. After you have some rough categories in mind, find some boxes around your house. You can buy drawer organizers but, like Marie Kondo, I believe that you probably have everything you need in your house already. You can use cereal boxes, shoe boxes, jewelry boxes, basically anything that is sturdy enough! In some cases, you might need to alter them (like with a cereal box), but it’s nothing a pair of scissors can’t handle!
Step 3: Place boxes.
Figure out the best way to place your boxes in the drawer and return your items into the drawer by categories. Not only will it look nicer when you open it, but you’ll also find everything a lot quicker because of the discrete categories. (Plus, cleaning will be a lot easier!)