Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Junk Drawer Overhaul: Nicole's Haute Haul

Welcome back to Nicole of So Haute. If you aren't already a devoted fan, check out her lovely living room featured way back when or just go right to her blog to feast on loads more decor porn.

BrooklynLimestoneJunkDrawerOverhaul

Now that the New Year is here I'm working on getting myself organized at home and I have Stefanie to thank for kick starting my home organization marathon because the first project I tackled was the overhaul of my once-cluttered junk drawer for this super fun blog feature!

my junk drawer before

My junk drawer is in my kitchen and I use it to store a sea of random household utilities from batteries, tape and loose change to flower food, pruning shears and birthday candles. I already had some key organizational tools in place, mainly these handy acrylic drawer organizers from the Container Store, but my problem is that I have a tendency to keep adding things to the drawer until it becomes a complete, jumbled mess. It looks pretty bad but I really just needed to get rid of some of the unnecessary clutter and tidy things up a bit.

some of the stuff I tossed

I had a ridiculous amount of pens, pencils, sharpies and highlighters just sitting in the drawer that I know I'll never use so I got rid of most of them and kept just 3 pens, 3 pencils, 2 sharpies and 2 highlighters. I had about 3 lbs worth of loose change scattered about the drawer that I gathered up and took to my local grocery store where I used a Coinstar machine to cash them in for an Amazon.com gift card. I got back $23 and change Not bad! I also found 2 unused gift cards to stores that I'll never shop at which I cashed in on PlasticJungle.com - an amazing site that lets you trade in gift cards for either cash or an Amazon.com gift card. I ended up with another Amazon gift card for $54 and change that's on its way in the mail! I plan to use the gift cards toward the purchase of a new wide angle camera lens - my reward for getting organized! I tossed out a few more things aside from the loose change and pens and after re-organizing what was left, here's the end result:
my junk drawer after

I made so much extra room that I was even able to bring over a few new things to store in the drawer. Not bad huh? I now have a neat, orderly junk drawer and I pocketed some extra cash in the process! Thanks so much Stefanie for getting me in gear and giving me the opportunity to share my junk drawer overhaul on Brooklyn Limestone!
*****************
Thanks to Nicole for sharing a little bit of her hidden home. Hop over to So Haute for everything gorgeous in decorating and lifestyle.