So my recent organization dilemma was paper clutter… in the kitchen.
I don’t have a ton of counter space and even if I did, I hate piles of paper in the kitchen.
Here is what it looked like…
This lovely little pile included; my planner, my son’s paperwork from his doctor appointment, my daughters school folder, my to do list, etc. All piled up on the end of my counter, ugh! I needed a place in the kitchen where I could store these items.
We have two junk drawers in our kitchen. One, stores pens, pads, batteries, and miscellaneous items. The other, a real junk drawer. It started out as a drawer for my husband, a place where I could put his things that were left on the counter. In the end, it just became a real JUNK drawer!
Here is the proof…
See how random… a broken watch, my husbands baby photos, chargers, lip gloss, outlet covers, cat medicine, random papers, you name it! Talk about embarrassing, but remember this was my husband’s drawer!
So I decided to use this drawer as my little kitchen office, of sorts…
1. First, I emptied the drawer. Of which, 90% of the contents were just trash. Then, I relocated the other items.
2. I bought scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. Using the paper as drawer liner, I used double stick tape to adhere it to the drawer. See? So much better!
3. Then I purchased clear drawer organizers from Container Store, for under $15.
4. Finally, I just loaded all my things back into the drawer and voila!
15 minutes and under $20 dollars!
Here is a list of what I keep in this drawer… my planner, a notebook, my journal of kids quotes and stats (where I jot things down about them), my menu planner, chargers, pens/pencils, and to do list pads.
I also keep any papers, forms, to do items in this drawer. This way, I will see them daily and remember to complete them! I have a home office, but this allows me to keep the things I need in the kitchen and not have to look at the cluttered counter top. Problem solved!