You have one too

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Do you have a junk drawer? If you do not, then you are either a two-year-old or you’re blessed with all the no-pack-rat gene.

“Honey, where do I locate a screw to fit this bracket?” Calls my husband out of the kitchen.

“In the junk drawer!” I shout from upstairs.

If you are a pack rat, then it is likely you have a”junk closet” or even a”junk room” (known as a garage or pantry). Do you sometimes feel that you’ve become cluttered or have difficulty finding things? If you’re just starting out at a new place, then you don’t have to worry much about this problem, unless you’re moving from an old place. If you’re moving from an old location, then you’re likely to replicate the identical junk problem on your new location. Whether you have junk or are about to start creating junk, here are a few strategies to become more organized.

First, I have to inform you that I am a junk drawer urge. If you’re over 18, you will need junk drawers. If you are excessively organized and don’t have crap drawers, then you don’t need to read any further. You are, in scientific circles, what they call an”outlier”, i.e., not ordinary.

They’ve a mind of their own. They are a convenient area to hide things before guests come over, for cleaning things off counters, and for placing miscellaneous things in that you don’t know what to do with. Finally… the drawer won’t close.

So, secret number one is to have more than 1 junk drawer. Ideally, you should have a junk drawer in every room. This obeys the principle of”keep it where you use it.”

If you have another drawer with the identical stuff, consider putting”like with like” unless you will need the duplicate items in another area.

Secret number two would be to put a few baggies and masking tape with a pen in each drawer. When you end up throwing something to the drawer, such as a charging cable, put it in the baggy and write down what it goes to. This technique also works well for toy parts and miscellaneous electronics and hardware.

Secret number three is to sort the drawers twice per year. With small boxes and baggies handy, remove the things you are not using and put them together from all the drawers. If you are the pack rat (“Honey, I know I am going to want this broken blender base someday”), then each of these items will go to a marked box in the attic or garage. If you’re not the pack rat, then see what could be recycled, thrown out, or donated to the thrift shop.

Finally, purchase a number of clear plastic drawer sets from the local household goods store and place these in strategic locations for tools, screws, hardware and glues, and other types such as batteries and electronics. The options are endless. If you’re fortunate enough to have a few cabinets, then you can designate an entire shelf to these special organizers.

Looking for something? Now you’ll know just where to look.

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