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Scared that a guest might open up your junk drawer? Here's how you can keep it organized and functional.

Junk drawers are supposed to house essential things close at hand, but these drawers can become so disordered, you'll never find what you're looking for. Our real estate agents are experts at advising you on how to buy or sell a home, but they also have connections with experts on furnishing and organizing homes, so you get the most enjoyment from yours. If you're buying one of the beautiful Southport homes for sale, it's best to get that junk drawer started off on the right foot. Let's look at tips that can keep you organized.

  1. Empty it out
    Everything should come out of the drawer and should be spread out on your counter, island, or table. Sift through it. If you haven't used an item in a long time, now's the best time to throw it away or move it to a more appropriate location. Your junk drawer should be for things you occasionally use, but that's perhaps too small to hang up or put on a shelf. It could be random thumbtacks and push pins, scissors, Sharpies, different types of tape, or napkins you're saving for the right occasion. But any item that has no clear future in sight should be tossed (the best part is you won't even remember they're gone).

  2. Do a deep clean
    Wipe out the drawer to make sure it's free of dust and crumbs. This is a perfect opportunity to line the drawer with new liner paper, too. Either way, you want to start your reorganization with a clean foundation.

  3. Find an organizer
    Look for a metal mesh organizer with lots of bins — bamboo organizers can be nice also. Before you buy one though, make sure you take measurements of your drawer so you can find an organizer that will fit snugly. Put pens in one bin, tubes and bottles of medicine in another, batteries in another, and so on. Another bin might be the right shape for those extra keys you need but don't want to carry around. Electronic items like chargers, plugs, and cords can go in their own drawer. Items you need or will use most should go upfront and less essential items should go in the back.

  4. Check for expirations
    Do all those pens still write? If they skip or barely work, you can throw them away. Make sure medicine hasn't reached its expiration date. New batteries should be separate from those that are almost dry.

  5. Don't create clutter
    This may be the hardest bit. You'll need to change your habits and make sure your family does too. Keep the junk drawer properly organized, and take the time to move new items to their proper locations. Don't start tossing random items into your organized bins.

  6. Clean out now and then
    You can have more than one junk drawer, but keep them all organized. Go through them once or twice a year and clear out the unneeded, expired, and unnecessary. Give the drawer and organizer a wipe to make sure it's clean and debris-free.

Need more tips for keeping your home clean, or are you looking to buy a home to fill with all your favorite items? Contact us today.