Before and After: How to Organize a Junk Drawer in 5 Minutes

Brittni Mehlhoff

created at: 03/20/2013

We all have one spot in our house that is like a black hole. Things go in, but they don't come out. In most cases it's the dreaded junk drawer. Not sure where to put something (bills, nail files, extra rubber bands, headache medicine)? Stick it in the junk drawer. Right?

This makes things a nightmare to find when you really need them. So here are some helpful tips for cleaning (and organizing) your junk drawer in five minutes.  

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Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

Bruno Bornsztein
created at: 10/08/2010

If you've never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now's the time to start. It's a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

I have always wanted a clawfoot tub, a la Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I've never been able to find anyone who has actually turned their clawfoot tub into a couch.  I've done a little research and found out that you're supposed to use a cut-off saw with a fiberous cutting blade, rather than a circular saw, to cut cast iron. Anyone done this before, or have any helpful tips about cutting cast iron tubs?

Cast iron clawfoot tub

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How To: Cool Ways to Organize Your Drill Bits and Taps

Chris Gardner

Traditional twist bits usually come in a set, with a perfectly organized case or box with the dimensions clearly marked, so that you can find what you need easily. Most even close and stay stowed.

Then, there's all those other bits you eventually amass: all sorts of driving bits, spade bits, countersink bits, combo bits, and bits, bits, bits, bits. Here's a few options to keep them off your bench and shelves and out of trays and drawers.


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Organize Your Books and Music with DIY Labeled Dividers.

Chris Gardner

I love to walk through the reserve section of my local library...the books, records, and DVDs are lined up in the back corner, with these huge dividers, each with an oversized letter in Helvetica, organizing the reserves by the last name.

Matthew created this how-to on Flickr: unusable vinyl LPs augmented with stick-on letters slid in between physical media to keep 'em alphabetized and easy to find.

How do you organize you media...

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8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

Chris Gardner

You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don't have the time to accomplish them?

Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don't have time. Dumb Little Man states, "If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels." So, check out their eight tips to...

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Basement Purging (is a State of Mind)

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-07-28

In order to rid yourself of junk, materials, and seemingly valuable items you might use someday, it takes a split second change in your mindset. I must have gotten this gear shifting ability from my dad. When we moved, the one and only time while I was growing up, we got rid of everything. He had no sentiment about things and stuff.

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10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

Chris Gardner

I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.


   1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
   2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
   3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.

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How to Organize Your First Kitchen

Diy Maven

created on: 03/28/08

Erin Doland of Unclutterer has put together a invaluable tip list to help you organize your first kitchen. And although her advice is directed to college graduates moving into their first apartment, it can also be applied to those moving into their first home too! Her suggestions include:

  • When putting your kitchen together, arrange items in cabinets based on where you use them.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for very specific,...

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Store Your Essentials Under Your Keyboard.

Chris Gardner

That stack of mini post-its, the key to your filing cabinet, that one paper clip.... Somehow you can't totally clear your deskspace. There's those certain things you just need handy.

Enter the Keyboard Organizer. It takes up no more space than a standard desktop keyboard, yet can fit compact disks, most of your office supplies, and your secret mid-morning snack.

Around $50. Via Gizmodo.

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8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.

Chris Gardner

You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.

1. Throw it away.

2. Get storage containers.

3. Free Stuff is not always good.

4. Give it away.

5. Sell it.

6. Shred it.

7. Get professional help.

8. Create and Stick to a schedule.




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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

Chris Gardner

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...

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Clean Your Closet and Make Space for More 'Good'.

Chris Gardner

Blogger Edith Yeung offers sound advice for cleaning not only your storage closet, but your mental/emotional 'closet' as well.

Edith suggests:

Throw it away when: 

  1. You don’t feel good about it.

  2. You don’t like it.

  3. You don’t feel comfortable wearing it.

  4. You don’t remember you had it.

  5. You have not worn it even once in the past 12 months.

  6. It doesn’t fit you anymore. 

  7. The only reason you keep because it is expensive.

Change the "throw it away"...

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