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How to Organize Your Catch-all Drawer
Approximate time: 1 hour plus potential shopping time
Setup: Have a wastepaper basket and a recycling bin nearby, and another box for stuff that you'll be finding new homes for.
More: Take a before picture for extra satisfaction when you're done.
1. Open the drawer. Take a good look at all the stuff in there and be glad you're doing this. In an hour or less, your drawer will go from junk status to organized-necessities status.
2. Empty and assess. I'm actually doing this task as I write this ideabook. I'll share some ridiculous things in the drawer that are not useful to me at all:
3. Pause and ponder. Out of all the things in this drawer, what do you actually use, and what is handy to have in this very spot? What belongs in a different place?
Determine: Would it be handier to have your stamps and checkbooks in your office? Do you want to spread some of the 10 Post-It pad around the house where you might need them? Is this the place where you want to keep every pen you own, or do you need them in other places in the house? Shouldn't that raffia be hanging out with the other wrapping supplies?
Bottom line: This is prime real estate. Only items that you use often and in the near vicinity of this drawer should get a spot in this drawer.
4. Sort everything.
5. Determine whether or not you need to go shopping. Take a look at what is left and what kind of organizers you'll need to keep it all in place. A silverware or makeup drawer organizer may suffice; if your drawer is deep, you may want to use shoeboxes. Cardboard jewelry boxes may be assembled to hold your goodies as well.