Make Over Your Junk Drawer

Parents (USA) - - Life -

We’ve all got one, whether it’s in the kitchen or in a con­sole by the door. In­stead of al­low­ing your junk drawer to gather what­not, recon­ceive it as your “ev­ery­day drawer” with th­ese steps, say Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer, founders of The Home Edit.

Take ev­ery­thing out. “You just have to!” says Teplin. How else will you un­earth your an­cient ipod or the busi­ness card for a per­son you don’t re­mem­ber? Make piles of like items. “You’ll quickly re­al­ize that you have too much of one thing or a ran­dom item with no mates,” says Shearer. Con­sider what to keep. Once you’ve sorted into piles, look at ev­ery­thing and ask, “Can I get rid of this al­to­gether or move it else­where?”

Cor­ral the clut­ter. Scour the house for con­tain­ers to store what you want to keep in the drawer: cell-phone boxes for of­fice sup­plies; small gift boxes for but­tons; up­cy­cled mint tins for pa­per clips and thumb­tacks. Re­place your items. Once you have filled your con­tain­ers, put ev­ery­thing back into your drawer. Start with the big­gest items, like pack­ing tape for all those Ama­zon re­turns, and then work down to smaller items.

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