Got 5 Minutes? Organize Your Junk Drawer With These Acrylic Storage Containers

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hand holding plastic organizers with messy junk drawer in the background

We all have a dark and dirty little secret in our kitchens.

Yes, I’m talking about that junk drawer! I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t have one of these, and if you don’t, kudos to you! And I’d love to hear your secret to avoid having one! 😉

For the rest of us though, we need an easy solution to organize the mess of miscellaneous odds and ends, which is why I’m going to walk you through how to get it all organized in just under 5 minutes.

Please note that since I have purchased my organizers, Target has updated the color of their product to a dark gray rubber. Also, you can check out your local TJMaxx and possibly scoop similar ones up! 

1. Take everything out.

unorganized messy junk drawer

The first thing you’re going to do is take everything out of your drawer. You can’t get organized until you start fresh!

2. Put everything into groups.

organized piles of odd and end miscellaneous things in groups

AHH! Don’t you already feel better looking at this? 😍 I know I do! This is the most important part of working your way to a more functional junk drawer. When taking everything out, make sure you group similar things together as I did here.

various colors of scribbles on paper with pens and pencils in the background

Hip Tip: Chances are you have a bunch of pens and pencils in your drawer as I did. Make sure you grab a scrap piece of paper and quickly test each pen and marker. Then toss out the ones that no longer work and keep the ones that do! This would even be a great opportunity to sharpen all your good pencils.

3. Analyze what you are organizing.

groups of stuff on counter with clear and blue organizers

Next, you’ll want to analyze everything you’re keeping so you can decide how many organizers you will need. Make sure to also measure inside of your drawer so you know that all the containers will fit.

As you can see, the main groups I have are writing tools, command hooks and adhesives, and tons of batteries (the perk of having kids in the electronic age 😏).

Everyone’s junk drawer stuff will vary, so that’s why I love these organizers so much. They come in 3 different sizes and they’re not made to fit any particular object, so they are completely versatile for your needs.

bottom of plastic organizer container with blue rubber grips

Another reason I chose these is that they have grips on the bottoms which really do make ALL the difference. I tried another set of organizers before, but they slid everywhere when opening and closing the drawer. Over time, they caused more of a hassle than a solution.

4. Put everything in your organizers.

hand holding clear plastic organizer with various sizes of batteries

Now you’re ready to start putting everything into your bins and containers. Everything should have its own place and be easily accessible so when you need it you aren’t having to shuffle around in your drawer.

hand holding a bottle of windex and a paper towel

Hip Tip: Don’t forget to clean your drawer before putting everything back in! It’s always best to start with a totally fresh and clean slate. 🙌

5. Put everything back in your drawer.

organized drawer with stuff inside

This is the most rewarding part. Seeing everything in its place is wonderful – and now you don’t have to be so embarrassed opening it up in front of someone. LOL!

hand holding command velcro strip with junk drawer in the background

I used small saucers that I already had to organize small items like paper clips, small Post-its, and clips. I grabbed a piece of Command velcro, cut it into squares, and stuck it to the bottom of the saucers and inside my drawer so that they won’t move around. (I can’t recall where my bowls came from, but any small condiment bowls would work perfectly).

I would have also bought an additional organizer for smaller tools like Allen wrenches, miscellaneous keys, and gum, but I used my son’s handmade clay saucer for a little personal touch and stuck a piece of velcro on the bottom.

6. Take a minute to appreciate your job well done.

before and after comparison of junk drawer

Wow! 👏 Look at what a difference that is! Looking at the before, it’s hard to believe that it really wasn’t that much stuff once it’s all organized!

organized bathroom drawer

I loved these so much, I made sure to scoop up some extra containers for my bathroom drawer. See what I mean? They’re super versatile, and I love the new gray color of the container bottoms!

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Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 24

  1. animity

    Big Lots has some great container options too for a great price.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check my store too!

  2. Klp

    I have some of these for my drawers and love them!

  3. JES

    We use a tackle box for our “junk drawer.” Easy to adjust compartment size and portable.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Neat idea, JES! Thanks for sharing what has worked well for you!

    • NikkiLLM5

      I like this because our tiny home doesn’t have many drawers. I’m getting a tackle box next trip to Walmart! Thank you!!! I have a thirty-one two pocket grab handle tote on my counter under the medicine cabinet I keep inhalers, ointments, creams, band-aids, and other first aid quick grab items in.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Nice find! Thanks for the helpful suggestion!

  4. eas

    I wish I had a “junk” drawer”. Our kitchen is lacking drawer space for anything other than the necessities. I could have a junk drawer but I need the only extra drawer for hand towel and dish rag storage. Anyone have awesome ideas for storing those in a kitchen, but not a drawer?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Good question! I keep all of mine in a drawer right now too. I did find these Swing Arm Towel Racks from Amazon. It looks like they could be mounted inside a cabinet door. Hope this helps!

    • Sarah S

      something similar to the material tubes for storing plastic bags? I keep our dish rags in an opentop watering can under the sink.

    • JES

      Mine are in a small basket under my sink. My sister-in-law uses an old two tier fruit stand she found at Goodwill under her sink.

    • Sue

      What about the storage solutions that go under your cabinet? There are ones you could use that are wire where if you have your extra towels folded neatly it would still look good, and handy to boot if you have a spill and need to grab a towel quickly. Use the current “towel” drawer for your “junk”.

    • eas

      Awesome ideas, guys! Thanks!
      We don’t have a ton of under-cabinet space, but I could definitely free a little up. I think I’m going to move some infrequently used things above my refrigerator, and then I can add some kind of bin or shelf for towels in the space under my sink.

  5. nickyB

    I use the plastic bins from Dollar tree for my drawers. You usually get 3 for $1.00 and they hold up well. I’ve had mine for years.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! I have a few of those too! Thanks for the helpful comment, NickyB!

    • jen s.

      That’s what I do too! It looks great when the drawer is completely filled with the different sized bins, because there is always so much that needs organizing!

  6. Ashley

    I just cleaned out my junk drawer yesterday and was thinking I needed some organizers! Perfect timing as usual!

  7. Lesly

    I used chocolate and candy boxes to organize my drawer 🙂

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Love that idea, plus you are recycling!

    • Carol

      I’ve also cut cereal and cracker boxes off to organize my junk drawer. I’ve used the same ones for years.

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        How cool! I love hearing all these ideas! Thanks, Carol!

      • eas

        We made a bunch of organizers like this a few years ago. We took some pretty and thick scrapbook paper and mod-podged them to help them hold up and look nice.

  8. tracy

    This time last year I cleaned out every draw in my kitchen and bathrooms and organized them! I used different sized organizers from dollar tree. They are exactly the same white organizers as the MadeSmart modular draw organizers which cost a lot more. Between the 2 dollar trees near my house, I managed to find 4 different sizes. Now all my drawers are compartmentalized and I can easily find everything. All my cooking utensils, peelers, knives, measuring spoons etc have a designated compartment and stays neat

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