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How I Finally Got My Junk Drawer & Kitchen Towels Organized!

Learn how to beautifully organize your junk drawer with our favorite tips and products.

Got 5 minutes? Let’s tackle this mess once and for all!
From tackling the clutter to the very best way to fold all your kitchen towels, here’s how to easily get your messy junk drawer organized for the new year!

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I LOVE the feeling of everything having a place and I enjoy reading & watching easy organization tips, which I’m sure is why you’re here too!

But I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the most organized person in real life. My house may look super tidy where I photograph recipes and DIY projects, but the mess always seems to creep in behind the scenes. 😅

This brings me to my post…

After the New Year, I’m always inspired to tackle a few spaces for a fresh start. I know the junk drawer can oftentimes be the most frustrating drawer for many people to get organized, stay functional, and look pretty. So, I’m here to help with a few easy tips!

In fact, my Hip sidekick, Sara, recently organized hers too so we’ll both be sharing tips & pictures so you can do the same in your home in just a few minutes!

First, you’ll want to clear out your drawer completely. 
Starting with a fresh, clean slate when you’re organizing anything is key to perfecting a functional space. This enables you to assess the space you’re organizing and maximize every inch when putting the drawer contents back in.

Then, you’ll want to group everything so you know what you’re working with.
Group like-items together like batteries, paperclips, pencils, etc. This is also a great time to trash broken items, donate what you don’t need, and potentially put stuff that doesn’t belong in the junk drawer back in its permanent home.

I also take this time to test all the pens and throw out ones that don’t work and sharpen pencils so every writing tool is ready to use when you need it next.

Next, you’ll determine how many organizers you need.
Chances are you may already have a few organizers laying around, but in the chance you need to splurge on some new ones to organize your junk drawer, here is a couple we recommend:

Made Smart Bins – $6.33 (for 8-pack) has an interlocking feature to help create a custom organizational system to fit any drawer.
Kootek Clear Organizers – $15.59 (for 6-pack) – a modern, sleek design that also prevents sliding around in drawers. 

If you really want to be sure your organizers don’t slide around, you can also cut a piece of non-slip shelf liner. It’s grippy and really works. 🙌🏻

Sometimes despite having the best “non-slip” organizers stuff can still get shuffled around. So to ensure this doesn’t happen, take this extra precaution to keep your space tidy long-term.

Then begin to fill your organizers!
Keeping your groups together, start to fill your organizers. If you have smaller organizers, save those for tiny items like paper clips, erasers, etc. to eliminate them getting shuffled with other items with daily use.

Putting everything back in your drawer is the fun part! 😍
But let’s not forget about those pesky towels. If you’re folding them in squares, your drawer will quickly end up messy again before you know it.

So roll your kitchen towels instead of folding them.
By simply folding your towels in half or thirds and then rolling them, your drawer will remain organized and more functional than it ever has!

Plus, you’ll be able to easily fit all your towels without struggling to stuff them back in each time.

This organizing hack also maximizes your drawer space & looks super pretty too! 😍 You may even discover extra space you didn’t have before allowing you to organize other things that once wouldn’t fit.

Hip Tip: My cotton kitchen towels from Williams Sonoma and are my absolute favorite! They’ll last for years and are even currently on sale! 🤩

Let’s take a minute to admire our before and afters:

Here’s my before…yikes 😅

…And here’s my after! 🤩

A before & after like this makes me so happy! 🥰

Here’s my Hip sidekick, Sara’s junk drawer before…

…And here’s her after! 🤯

I love how organized and put together our junk drawers look with very little effort on our part. 👏🏻 Not so junky after all, huh?! 😏

Tackling your messy drawers is a quick, easy way to eliminate the stress that takes up unnecessary space in your mind.

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