Turn your Junk Drawer into your Neat Drawer

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					Turn your Junk Drawer into your Neat Drawer
We're probably all guilty of having at least one junk drawer somewhere in
our house. This is the drawer that started out as a helpful drawer that
kept all the handy items in one place like tape, tacks, buttons, safety
pins, and so forth in one central location, but turned into the drawer
where other things manage to accumulate when people don't know where they
go or don't feel like taking the time to put them away properly. Get
this drawer (or drawers) back into useful mode again by using a few
simple steps to bring things back under control.
First of all, in order to clean it out, you've got to empty it out.
Remove everything. Place a piece of paper or tea towel down to protect
your countertop or table surface, and literally dump the drawer on top if
possible. Otherwise make sure all items are placed on this protected
Once it's out of the drawer, it needs to be sorted. Group all similar
items together, and if you can't determine what something is or if it's
needed after consulting with others in your family, get rid of it. If
there are things in this drawer belong in another location, be sure they
are put away promptly. Clean the drawer completely and wipe dry.
Afterwards, lay a fresh drawer liner or contact paper inside.
The next trick is devising a simple, workable organized system that
everyone in the family can use. Ice cube trays, egg cartons, small boxes
or even 35-mm film containers work well to store small things in. If you
cannot see into it to determine its contents, make sure it's clearly
labeled. Small plastic sandwich bags are ideal for organizing and
storing rubber bands, thread, and string. If you store glues or other
adhesives in this drawer, make sure they have lids that are secured. It
might also be a good idea to get into the habit of storing them inside a
plastic storage bag in order to avoid a mess down the road should the lid
become unsecured in the shuffle or is not properly tightened after use.
Most importantly, encourage your family to keep the drawer organized and
neat. If it's properly maintained, there should be no need to shuffle
through the drawer looking for things, creating an even bigger mess to
clean out yet again in a few months.