Friday, October 17, 2014

Junk Drawer Organization

I got my .com back, I got my .com back!!!  Hallelujah!  I have been laying low this last month, hoping and praying that after a small bidding war, I would get my domain name back!  Phew.  That was quite worrisome for a while.  Not to mention the extra great news I now bring, that most of my previously broken links out there on Pinterest are now pointing back to here, my little oasis on the interwebs!! Oh happy day!

Whilst I was away from the blogosphere for these few weeks, I had some extra time to micro organize a few things.  It's one of those things that you use every single day, but they are so messy, but no one ever has time in their regular busy lives to gussy them up properly.  We are talking about the ill-fated junk drawer (or drawers) in your kitchen.  It is the eternal resting place of Papa Murphy coupons, half chewed pencil-top erasers, pens without caps, dull sticky scissors, about 5 billion paperclips, and a few decapitated toy doll heads (with every motherly intention of one day being hot glued back on to the body from whence they came).  I mean, they don't call it a junk drawer for nothing people!

This is not my junk drawer below. I was too ashamed to show you mine.  Okay, in all reality I got on a cleaning kick and it was halfway empty before I thought to take a picture.  I'm pretty sure none of you need a reminder what chaos looks like.  Just wander into your kitchen and open your least favorite, but most often most used drawer and you'll see something akin to this: 

Well, after I got all industrious and cleared out everything from the drawer (and threw over half of it away) I needed someway to keep things a bit more compartmentalized.  In the past I had used a couple of small jewelry boxes and lids and thought this time, I needed bigger spaces for things.  Of course they sell very handy dandy organizers all over the place, but I wanted to try and use something on hand if I could.  I was already in cleaning mode and didn't want to run to the store.  I needed something quick.  I needed something easy.  I looked in our recycling bin and found a couple of - get this - Capri sun boxes, and they guess what?  They work GREAT!!  

One half of the Capri sun box is totally demolished after you use it.  You punch a hole with your fist to get the drinks out, so there is really only usable half is the bottom side.  Simply cut around the middle of the box.  

They make this easy for you, because it is almost separated into two halves already.

Once cut all the way through, you have a pretty sturdy tray that is just the right length to hold pens, pencils, erasers, and other odds and ends that might come along.  

A few fit side by side nicely in the drawers, and I used the spaces outside the boxes to hold longer items like rulers, and scissors.  I still had a couple of square jewelry box containers and lids left over from the last time I tried to organize everything, and tucked those in between things for small grouped items such as paperclips and safety pins.

Oh and once I got on the micro-cleaning band wagon, I just couldn't stop.  I ventured on over to our island drawers and found out that Capri Sun boxes also were the perfect length in the bulk utensils drawer.  Things like mixing/blending attachments, and ice cream scoops, while big honkin' things like metal BBQ tongs and apple slicers could go way in the back, and the almost used every day things like measuring cups and teaspoon/tablespoons go could right up front when I can grab them quickly.

Ahhhh SO much better.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the "before" before I started.  Basically you would open this drawer and have one big ol' pile of objects you'd have to dig for to find the one you wanted.  Now at least we have some organization.  The pizza cutter isn't going to slice someone's hand off as they reach for the can opener, and I don't have to perform an extensive search and rescue operation to find the 1/2 teaspoon. 

So hooray for micro cleaning and hooray for organizing one little thing each day - and HOORAY FOR GETTING MY DOMAIN NAME BACK!

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