Is there a kitchen in America without a junk drawer? Most kitchens have the familiar drawer full of used twisty-ties, dead batteries, random parts to small appliances, a stack of business cards, a few books of matches, and a long list of other interesting items. Some of the contents are useful in the kitchen; many are not. Up until recently, my drawer was home to spare parts for a couple of board games. When it comes down to it, though, in a well-organized kitchen, the junk drawer can and should cease to exist, to be replaced by a supplies drawer full of items that help you in the kitchen.
How to Transform Your Junk Drawer Into a Supplies Drawer
- Set the timer with 25 minutes and decide what you will do after you finish the job. (May I suggest a cup of coffee beside the fire? It is winter, after all.)
- Empty the drawer. It is helpful to have a large open space on your counter to lay out the items as you remove them, grouping like items together. Set aside anything that does not help in the kitchen. Throw away anything that is past its prime. If you don’t remember what it belongs to, or haven’t used it in years, you may safely throw it away.
- Clean the drawer. If it is just dusty, use a vacuum. For more serious filth, use a warm, wet cloth with just a dab of dish soap. This would also be the step to add a liner if you desire. Liners that have a grippy surface are useful because they help keep the contents where you put them when the drawer gets closed with extra enthusiasm.
- Re-locate items that do not help you in the kitchen. A junk drawer is often home to perfectly useful items that just aren’t used in the kitchen. March them off to the actual place of use and tell them not to come back.
- Assemble containers that suit the quantity of items that will return to live in the drawer. Your containers may be purpose-bought or re-purposed. Sometimes the original container is best, like in the case of the binder clips; sometimes the original container takes up too much room or is too much work to access.
- Sort the items into their new containers. The container defines the limit for that item. Twisty ties are also useful, but they can multiply like rabbits if left alone in a junk drawer without supervision. Also, not all items need a container.
- Arrange the containers in the drawer based on frequency of access. Items you use more often should be in the front.
- Check the clock. You might have time to do another drawer following the same steps!
- Enjoy a more functional kitchen.
Can a kitchen survive without a junk drawer? Try this Pomodoro and let us know!
Guest Post Details
The post above was authored and submitted by one of our subscribers, Maranatha Sweet. She specializes in organization, planning and list making. If you’re in the New Hampshire area she also offers the following services listed here. Best of all, the first consultation with Maranatha is free. So big shout out to Maranatha and thank you again for submitting this wonderful post.
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