Organization Saves Money: Utility Drawer

Where is the stapler? Why can’t I ever find that thing?  I can never find ANYTHING around here!!!  Hey Siri?  Add stapler to my Target list!

Do you do this?  Do you hate this as much as I do? It makes me BONKERS when I can’t find anything.

You know what saves you money?  Yeah, being organized.  I am serious!  One has so much to do with the other!  Let’s talk this through…

You lost the stapler.  Can’t find it anyplace.  It is possible that one of those teenagers took it for something or you didn’t put it back in it’s home after using it the last time.  So…you have to buy another or sign into Amazon to order one.    There go 16 bucks!  If you do this often enough, you end up with many of the same pieces that had you been organized in the first place; you wouldn’t have needed to repurchase.  Then, when you do get the urge to clean that drawer out, you find THREE STAPLERS!  Sound familiar?

Let me give you a tour of my Utility Drawer.  Some people call it a “Junk Drawer,” but that has such a negative connotation,  I don’t want the permanent markers to get a complex.  So we call it the Utility Drawer.

We have a tiny house, so every square inch needs to be thought out and used well.  In our kitchen, we have four drawers.  Yep.  Four.  Silverware, utensils, a skinny drawer used for potholders and hot pads, and the utility drawer.  That is all. So everything needs to have a specific home. Otherwise, it just doesn’t function as well as I need it to!

I bought these dividers at Target.  Two of then fit perfectly in this drawer. The one I have was similar to this one, and I found it in the bathroom section.  I wasn’t able to find it online.

Adding the shelf liner makes that drawer aesthetically pleasing as does color coordinating the accessories.  I need to look for a couple of aqua flashlights and mini screwdrivers.  These pieces just don’t match!!

Here are the items I keep in my Utility Drawer:

  • Flashlights
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdrivers and a little pair of pliers
  • Remote for TV
  • Markers, pens, and pencils
  • Post it notes of all sizes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Eraser
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • A sharp razor knife
  • Hand lotion

Everything has its place, and nobody is yelling “MOM!!!  Where is the flashlight?!?”

 

 

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