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Home Organization DIY Ideas {Junk Drawer Organization}

January 4, 2018


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Need some home organization DIY ideas?  It’s time to declutter my friends!  If you read my previous post, you know that intentional living is where it’s at in 2018!  Step 1 to living intentionally?  Getting rid of all of the junk we don’t need.  It won’t happen in a day, but it can happen over the month, and over the year!  By the end of 2018, let’s all vow to have less junk and more space!

home organization DIY ideas for decluttering on a budget by Lyndsey of #declutter #diy #homeorganization

The messy, messy before

I’m embarrassed to say that this was not even the worst this has been.  It actually is relatively organized chaos here.  But the overrun of papers, general junk, and too many things without a home have to go.
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Oh wait, I didn’t actually open up the junk drawers yet.  EEEK!  This jumbled mess is enough to make anyone cringe right?  Listen friends I’m right there with you!  Junk in our house seems to multiply on the daily!  home organization DIY ideas Step 1:  Take everything out of the drawers.  Wipe down the drawers and start fresh.
home organization DIY ideas

Step 2:  Assess the pile.  Sort things by category.  One really awesome idea I got from Emily Ley’s Simplified Life book was to group things together where they belong.  For example, see those 4 screwdrivers?  Yep, those made their home BACK in the garage where they belong.  We ended up throwing away the majority of this stuff and kept the basics.

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Step 3:  Keep only the necessities!  We kept a packet of office supplies, my favorite label maker, a nail clipper (always trimming someone’s nails!), games and charger for the Leappad, and my trusty “Turn on Dryer” note 🙂home organization DIY ideas

Note:  I spent NO money to clean this out.  Fancy organizers rarely get used in my home.  I used a few of the strategies I read about in Emily’s book and just got rid of the junk!

Need more help decluttering?  27 Quick Decluttering Ideas for Home When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed has you covered!

Here are a few of my favorite organizational tools that helped with this project!  (affiliate links)

Have you started decluttering yet? Let me know in the comments your tips & tricks for getting rid of the junk!

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  • Harmony, Momma To Go

    January 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

    This is what I need to do to every drawer, cabinet, closet!!!!!!! But today the kids are home for snow, so alas will have to wait till next week!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      yes!! hope you are able to get it done!

  • Keisha Baynard

    January 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Awesome tips. We cleaned out our misc draw and it was so much stuff in there. Things we have been looking for lol


      January 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      hahah i always works like that I think!

  • Stacy Russell

    January 4, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I thought I was the only one with drawers like that. LOL.
    My goal is to do some decluttering this year.
    I just need to start with emptying one drawer at a time and move forward. 🙂


      January 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      haha you are definitely not alone!

  • Belle

    January 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

    These are such great tips to organize! I really need to start decluttering and organizing our stuff! Will keep these in mind!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma


      January 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      hope they help!!

  • Bekah

    January 4, 2018 at 10:08 am

    No need for dishes and dividers if you don’t have much stuff, you got rid of a ton junk! I have a catch all drawer now too, for the most part I throw stuff away as soon as I am done using it and that helps keep my clutter down.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      I love that idea!!

  • Sam | Away She Went

    January 4, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I need to do this! Our junk drawer is so full I can barely open it. It drives me crazy every time I need to find something! OK, putting this on my weekend to-do list!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      yay!! I hope it went well for you!

  • Ruth

    January 4, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I have so many of those drawers! Thanks for the post. I definitely need the inspiration to organize.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      one drawer at a time!

  • Angela Kim

    January 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I have to do this too! My drawers are all a huge mess. I know I’ll feel so much better once it’s done too. Thanks for the inspiration!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      youll definitely feel better!

  • Benita

    January 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I am in the process of decluttering and it is a work in progress. I usually work one room or closet at a time, that works best for me.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      yes that is so smart!!! and keeps you in the behavior more than just for one day

  • Erin

    January 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I have a drawer that I need to do this! It’s on my list of things to do!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      hope it makes you feel decluttered!

  • Justine @ Little Dove

    January 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I think that we all have a junk drawer (or two!) in our households!! Great job on the decluttering, doesn’t it feel so amazing?!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      it feel soooo good!

  • elsie

    January 5, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I am generally a messy person and so posts like these come in handy as i plan to be neater this year


      January 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      thats a perfect goal for the new year!

  • Karrie Frost

    January 5, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Your junk drawer looks a lot like mine. I’m embarrassed to say I fear opening it because I can’t always close it. I think you have inspired me to tackle one drawer at a time. You’re right, you don’t necessarily need fancy things to organize it, just putting everything in its proper place, and eliminating the garbage.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      exactly!! one thing at a time!

  • Joanna Clute

    January 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I really love seeing the junk drawer get cleaned. My struggle is keeping it that way!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      I completely agree! but I also think with less it does become easier!

  • Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    January 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Decluttering and organizing at the beginning of the year, helps me to have something to look forward to. I like how the drawer looks so much bigger and spacious once you were done.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      I agree!!! and it feels so good to purge it!

  • Tamara Goyette

    January 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Part of me is tempted to just dump my whole junk drawer in the garbage.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      that is a perfect solution!

  • Steph

    January 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I am glad to see I am not the only one with a junk drawer. This has inspired me to go clean mine out!


      January 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      you are surely not alone!!

  • Jennifer Corter

    January 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Oh I need to de-junk my drawers so badly! It’s a new year so it is definitely time, LOL.


      January 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      glad I am not alone haha!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses

    January 7, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    It always feels sososo good to organize!! The drawers look great!


      January 8, 2018 at 8:18 am

      thanks Erica!!

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