Hurray! I’m finally getting our house more organized for the new year. I gotta say, it feels AH. maz. ing. I love opening cupboards and closets and seeing clean, fresh, organized, and labeled items. I do a little happy dance inside, because I’m a weirdo and it really does excite me. Ok fine, maybe I actually do a little happy dance on the outside, too.
If you read my post 15 Ways We Decluttered our Life (which you can read about HERE), then you remember one of the ways we are getting organized is to go through and clean out our junk drawers. You’re probably thinking, “Uh, Amanda, organizing a junk drawer is certainly nothing new.” Well, you’re right! We’ve definitely all done it, and probably to the same drawer over and over again. Why don’t those little suckers ever seem to stay clean? Anyway, today’s post is more to share with you on how I organized my junk for free, and help you to think outside the box in doing the same for your “junk”.
There are a billion super cute organizing holders, bins, and containers out there to use in your junk drawers. But they all have one thing in common (besides the cute part); they all cost money. Sometimes these containers, and usually the super cute ones we fall in love with, can cost quite a lot of money. Because we’re trying to spend less AND be more organized, I decided to go diving through my recycle bin instead of buying something new to organize all my junk. Hey, it’s better than dirty dumpster diving, right? I found a bunch of perfect items that would work to organize the random odds, ends, and everyday-used-things in our catch-all kitchen drawer.
Here’s a before picture of our classic “junk drawer:”
It seriously makes me cringe. Underneath that mess is actually a metal silverware organizer that was holding our pens, but it was just too big and took up so much space in the drawer. Out it went! This is what I found to replace it and organize everything:
I also had leftover spray paint from other projects, so the insides of all the containers got a pretty coat of gold paint (because clearly I’m overly obsessed), and the outside of them all got painted white. Price for all of these pretty new organizational pieces? $0. Zilch. Nothing. FREE. You can use anything you have to make them pretty; any leftover paint, scrap book paper, washi tape, whatever!
Before organizing everything into their fresh new homes, I lined the drawer with faux wood paper. I had to cut and piece it together so it’s not perfect. But it’s soooo much better than the previous stained drawer bottom!
Now my drawer is beautifully organized with pretty gold containers with my junk all in its own little perfect home. No more cringing upon opening. Now, I do another little happy dance! Yes, I have several.
So, next time you’re throwing something into the recycle bin, think about how you might be able to save money and reuse it for organizing. I actually keep a little stack of the plastic yogurt containers handy. They are great for random little things you need to organize, anywhere in the house!
I hope your week is going lovely!
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