Prioritizing Organizing in 5 Minutes for your Junk Drawer

You can achieve a more organized life in 5-minute increments.

Do you have a junk drawer? Do you have more than one junk drawer?

By calling or “labeling” a space you will automatically use it for that purpose. So by labeling your drawer “junk” that is what you put in it. Today, start calling it something else!

At my house, we only have one drawer that is a kind of catch-all, but we call it the key and pencil drawer. It holds a little more than that, but not much. The space is somewhat organized with compartments for categories of items. This morning I timed myself while I reorganized it. It took only 5 minutes.

The little trays we use to separate the drawer space come from Target. You can find similar containers at other big box stores. Make sure to measure your drawer before you go to the store and fit what you can (like a puzzle) to fit the space. The large trays, in the back hold pencils and pens and the more unusual office supplies items that we might need on a less frequent basis.

Continue sorting and purging each section, until you have gone through everything. It shouldn’t take long, since everything has an assigned place.

What I have leftover is usually a bunch of stuff from the tray my husband uses to empty his pockets when he comes home. I always find bits and pieces that are foreign to me.

We also squeezed in tiny trays for keys for our 3 cars. They work perfectly, so no one wastes time looking for keys. This works very well for my family.  Organizing your junk drawer will not make a big difference, but it only took 5 minutes (I did it while I was waiting for my coffee to brew) and we will be able to find our keys and a pencil in a snap!

Try it – prioritizing organizing in 5 minutes.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

2 Comments

  1. Janet Barclay on July 11, 2022 at 9:48 am

    You make a great point that words matter! If we call it a junk drawer, that’s what it becomes.

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