Kitchen Desk/Junk Drawer Organization (Kitchen Series 2013)

I’m back with another installment of my 2013 OLJ Kitchen Series.  Last week I talked about kitchen drawer organization.  Today I’m sharing a quick (for me!) video and a few tips on organizing that pesky kitchen junk drawer.  I think it’s fairly common to have a catch-all space in the kitchen for day-to-day items that are not necessarily revolved around food, including basic office and home supplies.  Some kitchens actually have space for a desk in them, such as the one I organized for this video and post that is in our family vacation home out in Utah.  Having a desk in the kitchen offers a dedicated space for non-cooking related kitchen essentials.  Other kitchens, like at my own at home, do not have a desk.  I designated a drawer at the very end of my kitchen peninsula as my “junk” drawer, although I do not keep junk in it!  It’s that catch-all space I store notepads, sticky notes, pens, tape, lip balm, etc. that is convenient to have in such a high traffic area.

OJ_OLJ_10-29-2013_01The drawer in the kitchen desk at our family vacation home in Utah acts as the kitchen junk drawer.  It is a very shallow drawer in terms of height, but very wide and extremely deep.  The lack of organizers in the drawer turned its contents into a jumbled mess before, making it very difficult to locate anything.  I decided to use some of the leftover organizers by InterDesign I purchased for my kitchen drawer project and repurposed some of the small white bins we already had in the desk drawer to revamp the organization.  Filling out the drawer with containers solved the jumbled mess problem.  I like storing items by type for easy identification and location, so I designated each organizer for separate kinds of contents.  I like using longer organizers especially in deep drawers like this one where the drawer doesn’t pull out all of the way so that items don’t end up getting lost in the back of the drawer.

If you’d like a closer look at this kitchen desk/junk drawer organization, including what the drawer looked like before I organized it as well as sped up footage of my organizational progress, I recommend checking out the video below:


If you’d like to see the video I posted in 2011 sharing the kitchen junk drawer organization in my own home, I recommend checking out this video:

I have several other posts and videos planned in my 2013 Kitchen Series.  Stay tuned! :)

* I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video.  All opinions are my own. *


3 thoughts on “Kitchen Desk/Junk Drawer Organization (Kitchen Series 2013)”

  1. I am so excited you are doing an updated kitchen series! You have inspired me to do my own kitchen organization and there’s so much I want to do but don’t know where to begin. I’m a little overwhelmed and I hope that your series will be the guide I was looking for. Thanks so much for sharing!

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