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

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woman opening junk drawer

In the mood for some productive junk drawer organizing?

I’ll be the first to admit, in real life, I am not the most organized person. My house usually looks fairly clean where I photograph recipes and DIY projects, but there are certain drawers and closets that I’d prefer no one look in! LOL!

woman organizing junk drawer

I LOVE the feeling of everything having a place and enjoy reading and watching organization tips.

It’s satisfying to see stuff nicely put away and organized! Doing quick organizing projects like a single junk drawer or cabinet that takes under an hour is my favorite to accomplish because they don’t seem as daunting!

amazon under the sink organizers

After binging organizing shows like the Home Edit over quarantine, I’ve been inspired to tackle a few spaces. This sink organizer (pictured above) I shared previously is still keeping things tidy in this bathroom and is very helpful.

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junk drawer organizing before

My junk drawer needed help next!

Sometimes clutter gets the best of me, and today I’m sharing an example of that. On the left is usually where I keep things like tape, scissors, and typical junk drawer stuff. On the right is the only space I have to store kitchen towels in this space.

The method of just stuffing them in clearly wasn’t working out too well! Ha! 😆

Kootek clear drawer organizers from Amazon

This first step was taking everything out of the drawer and tossing or donating anything I no longer needed.

After that, I inserted a set of inexpensive clear drawer organizers I found on Amazon into my drawer to keep things in there tidier. I grouped things like sunglasses, tape and scissors, eyeglass cleaner, matches, hand wipes, cough drops, and stuff like that together. Now things don’t get tossed around as much, and everything has a home.

junk drawer organizing

To keep my organizers from sliding around, I cut a piece of non-slip shelf liner and inserted it under them, and it works great! The rest I cut up and used under my kitchen bar stool cushions to keep those from sliding around so much.

junk drawer organizing

I love how much more organized and put together this looks!

I wish I would have done this so much sooner, and now I’m thinking of other drawers in my house that could use a little makeover like this with organizers because they are so helpful.

rolling up kitchen towels

Let’s talk about organizing kitchen towels!

I decided to roll up my kitchen towels instead of folding them into squares like I normally do, and I LOVE the result. I can fit them all without having to stuff them in, and it seems to really maximize space for this drawer.

organizing kitchen towels by rolling them

Visually it looks so much cleaner, and I have found that they stay put and don’t move around as much. I can also fit a few oven mitts to the side of the towels, and this space looks nice now and is functional.

Hip Tip: My cotton kitchen towels from Williams Sonoma are my absolute favorites. They are priced around $5 each but will last years and are so high quality.

junk drawer organizing with kitchen towels

A before and after like this makes me so happy even though it’s just a drawer!

I hope you have found these tips handy for junk drawer organizing. Have you tackled and organizing projects lately? Share your best tips with us in the comments!


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Comments 18

  1. Ap927

    I use cute contact paper, cut to size for each little compartment in the organizer tray. Takes a little time, but it’s nice seeing the fun contact paper peek out from under the pencils and tape in the junk drawer.

  2. Nath80

    Hi Lina..i love the color of your sink/bathroom cabinet, it looks like SW let it rain but it’s a little bit grayish, do you happen to know what paint is that? Thank you very much!

  3. Monique

    Line

  4. Monique

    Oops above comment lol Lina I dream to be a home maker like you 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh thanks Monique – that’s very sweet! <3

  5. Lindsey

    Any ideas for a deep kitchen drawer? Had expandable dividers but that didn’t work well. Things spilled over top. Drawer is used for utensils and odds and end kitchen stuff. They are about 10 inches deep.

    • Alyssa

      Is any of the stuff 10in or less in length? Could you look for organizers that stand things vertically to help use the space? I’m looking into this for some of my drawers that are 6ish inches deep, looking for ideas… Our home has lots of deep drawers like bathrooms are 10in like yours so I stood up hair dryer, straightener, brush, anything I could really. Got some bins to keep them standing when the drawer is pulled open.

  6. Pat Lavenz

    What a great idea. I have two drawers of vintage linen towels I got in flea markets in Germany. I am going to roll mine up and see if I can get them more organized. My favorite ones are the ones from France. Thank you for giving me something to do today. Working from home is so boring I have started trying to get more organized and am painting walls.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ahh I bet that will be beautiful Pat! Those towels sound amazing. I hope to travel and collect things like that one day <3

      • Pat Lavenz

        We were stationed there from 72-96 so we traveled a lot over there. I think I got them in the 80s when people didn’t really think old things were worth much. LOL

  7. JenWieland@hotmail.com

    Yes, I ordered some of those containers to organize our bathroom drawers and junk drawer and love them! Great idea about the non slip to put under them…thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! I’m glad you like those also!

  8. veggirl

    I roll my towels too! My favorite are the ones from IKEA (white with a red stripe) for less than $1 each! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice!! That’s a great store to buy kitchen towels. Thanks for sharing!

  9. *Angela-Miles*

    I got some green drawer dividers at The Container Store a few years ago for my drunk drawer annnnnd now they are a mess LOL. I kept them organized for awhile but then just starting throwing everything in each again so they overflow. Lord help me 🤦‍♀️ ha ha.
    Enjoyed reading the post tho 🧡. I roll my towels also.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks! Yes it’s hard to resist throwing more stuff in top sometimes! Ha

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