Good Reasons To Have A Junk Drawer
Junk drawers are great places to store those few odds and ends that you need on a fairly regular basis. You don’t have to worry about creating a Pinterest-worthy decorated box to hold your bread wrapper ties. Instead, put a few ties in a sealable plastic storage bag, throw the bag in your junk drawer, and you’re all set. But thinking of boundaries–a few of each item is enough. When have you ever needed more than 6 bread wrapper ties at a time? Never. Do you expect to stop eating bread and lose your source of additional ties? Nope. Once your plastic storage bag is a third to half full, throw incoming ties away until you drop below that refill mark.
Would you prefer to use a drawer divider rather than plastic storage bags? No problem! But, don’t ‘over organize’ your junk drawer. If you divide the entire drawer into sections, it can be hard to find a space for items that don’t fit the compartments. Consider using a drawer divider that covers half the drawer and keep some open space for bigger items.
Making Decisions About What To Keep
How about that face paint you used last Halloween? Should it go in your junk drawer? Nope. Remember, a valuable junk drawer should only hold a few odds and ends that you need on a fairly regular basis. Sure, you only have one tube of face paint but, you aren’t using it on a fairly regular basis. (No, once a year doesn’t count as fairly regular.) For items you’re not using regularly, store them in their “home” . . . the place where similar items are kept. Thinking about face paint, “home” could be a Halloween decoration bin or, if you dress up for multiple events throughout the year, a costume bin.
I hear you asking “How about the 48 various-sized batteries in my junk drawer. I only have 6 each of 8 different battery sizes and I use batteries a lot. Does that fit our valuable junk drawer guidelines?” Mmmm . . . nope. There are only a few of each type of battery but, overall, you have more than a few. And, yes, you use batteries a lot but not all the sizes. A better option is to have a plastic bin that holds ALL the working batteries in the house. (Many people find that the laundry room is a great place to store the bin of batteries.)