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Organize Your Junk Drawer for $1

Clean out your junk drawer now and save yourself time and frustration later. When you need to grab something quickly like a pen or piece of paper to write a quick note, there is no time for fumbling through a mess to find what you are looking for.

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I have had some great ideas in the past that never came to fruition and I blame that completely on not having a pen to write the idea down. So I decided to get organized and I am going to show you how to Organize Your Junk Drawer for $1.


Organize Your Junk Drawer for $1

Organize Your Junk Drawer for $1

My junk drawer was in desperate need of organization, I could never find anything in this mess! 

Organize your junk drawer for $1


Although it’s a disaster, I think this is what a typical junk drawer looks like so I am not too shy to share. Although I feel much better sharing my mess knowing that I have found a cheap organization solution that will help others. 

Everyone has some kind of catch-all that gets overlooked during daily chores and it probably resembles my mess more than you would like to admit.

Organization Solution 

As with all of my projects, the first step for me is to empty out the space that I need to organize. 

Organize your junk drawer for $1

When I emptied out my junk drawer, I threw all of the items into a box. This helps me prevent just throwing everything right back into the drawer and makes me think about the best place to put things so that they don’t end up lost at the bottom of the drawer again.

This step is usually the hardest for me because I struggle at times to get rid of things. Even if something doesn’t get used for years, I struggle to get rid of it. I have had to make a real effort to correct this habit.

I have at times wished I hadn’t gotten rid of something because after years of sitting in a drawer it seems almost immediately after donating it, I find a use for it. 

Once I decide that I no longer need the item, I need to accept the fact that at some point, I may find a use for it. This helps me to get rid of more things when I begin to notice clutter. 

What You’ll Need to Organize Your Junk Drawer 

My secret to junk drawer organization is a trip to the Dollar Store to pick up a cutlery tray.


These are great for separating items like pens, screw drivers, and scissors. It makes it so much easier to just grab what I need without much effort.

Organize your junk drawer for $1


I like the length of this cutlery tray, it allows me to stash a notebook underneath for shopping lists. The width was a little less than what I needed for this project so I just found a random rectangle bin that fit nicely.

A free way to do this would be to cut off the bottom of a cereal box and cover it in wrapping paper or many boxes and create your own organization tool.

Stay Organized 

I started adding my items back to the drawer keeping in mind the things I use most often and put them in easily accessible places that would not disturb the less needed items.

Organize your junk drawer for $1

Now that I have my junk drawer organized I am going to move onto the next project on my to-do list so be sure to check back for more tips on how to organize cheap and efficiently.

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Melissa Dixon Thirty Something Super Mom
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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

Cassidy Ciazza

Sunday 4th of September 2016

We just got a one dollar store on town, I plan on using your ideas to organize!

Marie Lowther

Thursday 1st of September 2016

Thank you! We need more organization in our house!


Monday 6th of April 2015

Over half the drawers in our home are junk drawers! LOL! So sad!