I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and got some wire mesh containers to use in the drawer. I had some mismatched baskets before but the system wasn’t really working….obviously! I also used an old muffin tin for the small stuff like push pins and straight pins, nails, screws, etc. But that took up A LOT of space so wanted to find another solution. So, I took everything out of the drawer. Put stuff in piles and got to work. Surprisingly, the throw-away pile was the biggest. Don’t you hate that? How did all that crap get in there???
It really didn’t take me long to organize everything. I had everything back in the drawer in a couple hours. I got rid of the muffin tin and used an idea I saw on PINTEREST using Altoid tins for keeping small items. I was able to scrounge around and find two that could be used. I put the push pins/straight pins in one and nails/screws/button cell batteries in the other. Taking the muffin tin out of the drawer was a huge change and freed up a lot of space! I got out my label maker and labeled the Altoid tins as well as all the chargers we had laying around. I had kept all the cameras and chargers in a basket on the counter, but I was able to fit everything in the drawer and free up counter space. We also had several screwdrivers and pliers in the drawer. I consolidated and kept only the main ones that we use regularly in the drawer. The others were placed in a basket in the mudroom closet. Still easily accessible, but not necessarily needed in this drawer.
|1 Week Later – Still Organized|
As you can see, it has been a week, and everything is still organized. The kids and Pat are able to find what they need and know right where to put stuff back. I can open and close the drawer without trouble and I gained some counter space back!
One organization task done and off my list! What have you organized lately?