How To Organize Junk Drawers

Everybody has a junk drawer.. Ok, maybe not everybody, but nine out of ten of us can confess to the catch all, throw it in there, the place where lost things go, drawer. In this blog post, we’re going show you how to organize junk drawers by using three simple steps. And then we’ll move on to some really good junk drawer organization ideas that you can copy or use for inspiration.


How To Organize Junk Drawers – 3 Easy Steps

Dump It!

You heard me, dump out the entire thing. Why, you ask? Because that way you are forced to deal with every last piece of junk cluttering up your drawer, instead of picking it over and leaving things you can’t decide on. I know, Ive done it too!


Move It!

Everything that doesn’t belong in the junk drawer, move to where it does belong. How can something NOT belong in a junk drawer, you ask? Well here is how I look at it. Junk drawers are for things that have no place elsewhere. If the item in question belongs in another room, then it doesn’t belong in the junk drawer. For instance, safety pins belong in the sewing kit, and band aids in the bathroom or first aid kit. Yea, I know, judgement call here. Do your best, huh?


Organize It!

Ok, here is the easy part. Create sectional organizers in  your drawer, and actually…ORGANIZE. That means pens and desk supplies go in one space, unpaid bills in another, batteries in another…you get the idea. No, this is not a perfect process and one person’s junk drawer will not be the same as anothers. But there is something really satisfying about getting your junk drawer organized. It gives you just a little more control over the craziness in our lives. Yes, it does. 🙂 Here are more ideas for you!


Junk Drawer Organization Ideas

This first idea comes to us from Cambria Bold via kitchn. She used miscellaneous boxes and box covers to form different sized compartments. Pretty nice for not having to buy anything!


Have a need for beauty, even in the junk drawer? This idea from Martha Stewart speaks for itself!

Organize Your Junk Drawer


If you want to know how to organize junk drawers without spending any extra cash, here’s one great idea.  Use empty nut tins, or actually any other empty tins that are the right size for your junk drawer.



Another pretty junk drawer organization idea…dollar store bowls and cups as organizing trays…




We found this nice natural wood organizer on Amazon. It’s adjustable so it should fit most any drawer.


Another junk drawer organizer that you can buy from Amazon, this one is even more adjustable than the previous one above.

So we hope this helped you figure out how to organize junk drawers in your home or office. The key is just making yourself do it! Right? You might want to check out our post on DIY garage storage ideas.  Or post on how to make your own tupperware organizer!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Christy Dixon
    March 25, 2016 / 4:50 am

    The dollar store bowls and cups are really cute but, please!!, don’t store pretty pills (even the ones still in the plastic bubble) in open places like that. Do I need to list the 20 reasons to NOT do that??

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 3, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Well we hope everyone will use good common sense as to what they store in the open, of course!

  2. August 1, 2014 / 10:03 am

    Great ideas here! I love all the various options and pictures. Thanks!

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