Take a deep breath and empty that junk drawer. If you have more than one (yes, I’m talking to you), just concentrate on one today. Group like things together on your counter, toss the trash and then wipe out the drawer. One of the reasons junk drawers get so…. well, junky is that all this small, disparate items are just rattling around loose in the drawer. Get some cheap, plastic baskets like these to provide some boundaries for all that stuff. Test your pens to be sure they work (it’s a great job for the kids) and only keep the ones that work. Try not to keep loose batteries in your junk drawer. If they touch metal like paper clips, they can spark and cause a fire. Place the remaining items back in the baskets in categories such as writing instruments, paper clips and rubber bands, loose change and perhaps those mysterious loose keys (bonus points if you try to figure out what they are for!!)
Every house needs a junk drawer but it doesn’t have to be junky! You can do it!