September 13, 2011

Junk Drawer Craziness- Not Anymore!

So you read here that I clearly had a plug-in and receipt hoarding obsession. Or more accurately, a junk drawer problem.

Don't judge...we all have our issues. In a fit of rage that resulted from dead batteries hidden under said receipts next to an empty battery charger that ultimately made me have to walk to my television and change the channel because the remote and batteries had a conspiracy against me; I realized that I had to take charge. I will not live in a world where inanimate objects have power over me! A world that subliminally forces you to house random often unnecessary items in a special little drawer. A drawer that for some reason is named "junk".  No matter how you spin it, a drawer of such a name does not make sense.

First thing I did was put the majority of the craziness in sections of commonality and one pile of randomness:
Would you believe that we had 25 ink pens! I took 3 to Chris's office, put 3 in my desk and left three for the drawer. All remaining pens went to the garbage.  I kept 3 sharpies (black, red, blue) a permanent marker and a highlighter. Now that the drawer was empty:
I took a pencil and lined the design that I wanted, measured the space, grabbed some old molding that we had removed when we purchased the house and got to cutting!
I went to the miter saw:
Chris to the jigsaw. He even cut the slots for me as I have yet to fully master the saws:
Since this old molding was headed to the garbage anyway I didn't bother with sanding down the flaws. I just chose to cover up the ugliness with spray paint. My goal was a simple clutter free clean space. After spray painting the wood:
I assembled it all together and returned all relevant "non junk" items to the drawer and it was done!

I used the little tea cups that came with a stand that I got from goodwill a while ago. Since I only needed the stand, I never intended on using the tea cups. This presented a perfect opportunity to use the tea cups for small items that had open boxes, which often look messy to me (open battery packs, boxes of candles, screws). Much better!! And you can see there is only room for one,  maybe two plug-ins. The slotted dividers allow us to re-adjust the size if needed. So for your added pleasure: 
Before
After

Junk drawer no more buddy. As a matter of fact from this day forward it shall be called a utility drawer.
Tatum


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14 comments:

CALISTA said...

LOOKS GOOD...NOW COME DO MINE....THEN AGAIN DON'T YOU MAY GET LOST!!!

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

Very very impressing! I like a lot.

Anita said...

YOU, my dear, are not a procrastinator! Good job! And good teamwork on using those saws.

Now, do you promise to keep it that way? :)

Brandi said...

my goodness Tatum, when you set out to do something you really get it done! i mean you went and broke out the power tools, sheesh! impressive, great work!!

Mommyblogger said...

That my friend is quite impressive! I wish I had your dedication to all things organized LOL. Unfortunately I don't so later today I'll probably be rambling through my junk drawer trying to find something!!

Natalie - Organized Habits said...

Well done Tatum! I loved seeing you with the saw. You go girl! Going out to the garage or having to paint something usually stops em in my tracks. You are an inspiration!

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Livin' In Duckville said...

Wow!! That's beautiful. I love power tools too. My husband was shocked when I asked him for a pancake compressor (so I could use a brad nailer)for Christmas one year. Good for you!

Hopewell said...

Did you label the little spaces? Can't tell. I LOVE IT! I also look forward to reading more at your blog!

Michelle said...

WOW!! You go with your power tools! Drooling over how organized it is now. Awesome job :)

Tatum @ Many Moments Of Me said...

Thank you everyone!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This is so clever. It looks great!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Awesome! I bet it feels good to have that organized...I wouldn't know, I can barely open my junk drawer at the moment!

Jen said...

What a make over! I love it!

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