Since this was a total impulse project, I didn't plan out supplies in advance. So, I took a quick look around the house for anything I could use to help corral and organize this drawer. I found a few small green bowls I picked up at Target (4 for $1.99) and an extra silverware tray.
So, I grabbed a colorful piece of scrapbook paper from my stash and used it to line the bottom of the drawer. It wasn't quite bit enough to cover the whole surface but the silverware tray would cover a large portion of the drawer...so I just made sure the paper was lined up with the corner/side of the drawer next to the tray.
I went through our pile of "junk" and tossed any true junk, pulled out anything that belonged in another room/space, and then organized the rest by categories. Here's what I was left with (imagine double the junk, all thrown together in a heap to get an idea of what we started with):
I kept out a few tools that we use on a regular basis for quick projects or fixes like needle nose pliers, screwdriver, tape measure, etc. I swapped out the handful of screwdrivers for just one with interchangeable heads and sent the rest to the garage with the majority of our tools.
Then it was time to organize the rest. I started by filling the green bowls...
The silverware tray took care of the rest and ended up being the perfect amount of space.
Tape is on the far left, wood stain markers, tools, pens, and quick fix hand/nail stuff filled the longer slots. Glues and the screwdriver heads found a home in the large rectangular section.
The whole thing took me about 10 minutes total and was completely worthwhile! I love this drawer now, because it actually holds useful things...so does the hubs, because he can actually find those useful things...and so do the kids, because some of their favorite useful things are easy to grab...
What's more useful than a flashlight when searching for hidden treasure or making shadow puppets :)
So who else has a drawer they are afraid to open? Who's brave enough to dive into the abyss? You never know - 10 min later, order may reign again!
*I'm linked up at A Bowl Full Of Lemons