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Junk drawer? What junk drawer? Oh! The organized drawer!

I’ve been decluttering along with Simple Mom’s Project Simplify this month, and last week the topic was closets, drawers, and countertops. Well, since I focused on the countertops already (and my counters still look pretty good, by the way!), I turned to the junk drawer. That seemed like just the right speed for me last week: 1 drawer.

Here’s what we were working with:

I know it looks maybe a little like a trash drawer, but really, there’s some good junk there. I piled it all up on my nice clean kitchen island and started sorting.

Mr. RSS deemed me to be a rock star for finding the plug for our rechargeable work light. Ella was thrilled that I found her little black Lego hat. See how decluttering and organizing makes everyone so happy?

I knew that I needed to do some containerizing to um, contain some of these items in an organized way, so I went on a little search to find some things that would work. I am always able to find something around the house. Most of what I found was from The Crazy Cabinet of Avalanche-Ready Food Storage Containers. Perfect.

And of course some things I put in other places that made more sense and some things I tossed or recycled.

Now for the napkin notes. I love making these for my little girl to find at lunch. And they so often seem to come back in the lunchbox still clean (just maybe a little wrinkled), so sometimes I save them and use them again on a busy day. Plus I’m turning a napkin into a sentimental thing, so that sort of makes me want to keep it, too.  I had way more than I thought in there, though. I took some pictures, and I think this will help me feel a little more free to get rid of at least most of them. Maybe save a few?

Here are some examples of what I found:

 

Sometimes I use them as a flashcard, like that 8+2 one up there. The answer is on the other side.

Now I have them by the other napkins instead of crumpled in the junk drawer.

And now….

Here’s the finished drawer!! The organized drawer!

Let’s talk about those twist ties. Are you laughing at me for keeping so many? Mr. RSS was. I don’t know why it was hard for me  to throw those away. I’m sure I don’t need that many. Although I’m sure someone has posted something on Pinterest with a cute crafty idea for these, right? In fact, I thought of one myself. A garland!

Then of course there’s twist tie jewelry. Come on. Who hasn’t made a ring out of these things at some point in their lives? Mr. RSS even made a nose ring out of one. Too bad I didn’t get a picture of that.

How is your junk drawer doing? Do you have anything interesting in there?

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