How to Create a Junk Door

Ever wonder why you devote an entire drawer in your kitchen to house junk? It’s not like you moved in and set aside that drawer to become full of “odds and ends” one day. It just happened! That’s valuable kitchen real estate, however, and you could probably use that space for a ton of other items. Instead, though, you toss tape, scissors, twisty ties, matches, and who knows what else in there; and you might even have to dig through some take-out restaurant menus just to find a pencil! There has to be a better way….

What if I told you that every drawer in your kitchen can be used for “kitchen only” items and you that could still have easy access to your “useful junk” items in another spot? Well, it’s true! The junk door is your answer!

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People see my junk door and are inspired to find a way to bring that into their homes. Mine might be unique to my family in some of the pockets, so you can personalize yours, of course. But the essential idea is to take an over-the-door shoe organizer with clear plastic pockets—which can be obtained from a variety of all-purpose stores in their home organization sections—and label each pocket with the items you would usually find in your junk drawer.

For mine, I have the pockets filled with just about anything that would save me a trip to another area of the house to fetch.

My organizer has 24 pockets. I used masking tape and a permanent marker to label the outside of each pocket. Since the pockets are clear, you can easily see what’s inside. My family sometimes doesn’t put items back into the correct pocket—grrrrrrr—but it’s easy to see when things are out of place because of the clear pockets. Canvas organizers are sold as well, but the see-through option goes away.

I have pockets for writing utensils, permanent markers, highlighters, tools, tape, glue, rulers, thumb tacks, scissors, envelopes, birthday candles, notepads and post-its, twisty ties and rubber bands, take-out menus, hand lotion, eyeglasses wipes, matches and lighters, and dry erase board items. Here’s a close-up of a few of the pockets (see picture below).

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When we had a cat, one of the pockets was devoted to cat toys, treats, nail clippers, etc.

Another variation of this idea could be to hang this in or near your coat closet and use the pockets for hats, gloves, scarves, ear muffs, etc. My friend uses one for that purpose (see her pictures below).

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Or you could put one in a craft room to organize thread spools, yarn, paints, buttons, wooden sticks, etc.

The possibilities are endless! Be inspired and take your “junk” to a whole new level!

Happy Organizing!
Mary