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How to Declutter Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

Is decluttering on your list of things to accomplish in the new year? Think about starting with something easy, like your kitchen junk drawer. The time is now.  January is a great month for decluttering.

We all have them.  Yes, I'm talking about that unsightly junk drawer.  Have you looked in your kitchen junk drawer lately?  How do you feel every time you open that drawer?  Does it frustrate you?  Can you find what you are looking for?  If you are ready to tackle your kitchen junk drawer I can help.

How to Declutter Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

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My Organized Kitchen Junk Drawer
My Organized Kitchen Junk Drawer

This is a tip I use whenever I am decluttering. It is very useful for drawers and closets in your home that seem to accumulate all matter of stuff.  I'm talking about those black holes where stuff goes and never seems to come out again.

How to Declutter Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

Steps to Declutter Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

Choose a day to declutter your kitchen drawer when you are in the mood.  It is best to start decluttering when the spirit moves you and you are in a positive frame of mind. Don't start your kitchen drawer decluttering when you are frustrated.  

Purchase a drawer organizer in advance.  I love expandable bamboo organizers and adjustable bamboo dividers.   Choose your preferred organizer and be sure it fits your drawer before you start decluttering. It will help you feel accomplished to have a place to put things.

Get Ready To Sort. You'll need a trash can and a box.  
Take everything out of your drawer and make a pile on your counter.

Clean. Wash and dry the inside of your drawer.  
Place the new organizer into the drawer.

Sort the items on your counter.  The items will either go into the trash or the box.  
Place the things in the box one item at a time so you will make a note in your head of what you put in the box. Now, put the box in a place that is accessible, out of sight. and preferably not in the kitchen.

Admire your empty drawer. You are done for now.  
Yay!  Yes, I know nothing is in the drawer.  You are going to restock and organize that drawer one item at a time, as you need something.  Over the next days and weeks, retrieve items from the box only when they are needed in your kitchen.

Return Items to the Drawer When Needed. After three months you'll have moved most of the essential items from the box to your drawer. 

Discard or donate non-essential items. Three months is usually enough time to know whether to discard, donate, or keep the remaining items.  If you are unsure about letting go of an item, return it to the box until later. The rest should be discarded or donated. 

As an aside, check Facebook for a local "For Free" page.  You can post pictures of your "junk" that can soon be someone else's "treasure".

Check your box again. After six months, check your box again.  It is time to make a final decision about the items that remain.

This is a no-stress approach to get the upper hand on your kitchen stuff. It is easy to do and encourages you to be more mindful of the accumulating items in your kitchen. Try using this technique with other drawers and closets in your home, too.

Happy decluttering!


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