Weeding Out Your Junk Drawers Before a Move

As moving day approaches, you have a lot to consider. You have many tasks to accomplish, from choosing your new home to selecting a mover to pack your belongings up to relocate. As you start to declutter your home and pack each room, you might discover you have a few junk drawers you need to deal with.

It’s the drawer filled with miscellaneous, somewhat useful, sometimes mysterious stuff, and almost every American has at least one. Some surveys show that over 80 percent of Americans have at least one catch-all junk drawer in the house. So before you move is the best time to tackle these haphazard storage spots —especially If you have more than a few of these drawers in your home. Here are a few tips to help you in the process.

1. Take everything out of the drawer for easy examination

Simply pulling everything out of your junk drawer gives you a better understanding of just what you have hidden out in this mingled storage spot. Pull out the drawer and set it on a table or surface where you will have ample room to work. Be sure to pull out everything, right down to the smallest items in the collection. 

2. Purge what you don’t need or want 

Go through the drawer’s contents with a discerning eye. If you are like most people, you will have a lot of items that can simply be thrown away or that you don’t necessarily want to keep. A few examples of things you could probably eliminate include: 

  • Condiment packets 
  • Old business cards 
  • Expired coupons 
  • Old rubber bands 
  • Twist ties 
  • Tattered recipe cards 
  • Old fasteners 

If you have problems letting things go, one helpful thing to remember is not to overthink things. The more you think about an item, the more potential you will find a reason to keep it. 

3. Sort and group all of the items 

With everything out of the collection that doesn’t serve a useful purpose or look like something you want to keep, you can start sorting the items in the collection. While every junk drawer can be unique because people are unique in what they find valuable and worth stashing in a convenient spot, everyone has a junk drawer that you can sort. Do what you can to bunch all items together in a pile according to their use or category. For instance, you may have a collection of: 

  • Tools 
  • Office supplies 
  • Paper items 
  • Utensils 
  • Small food items 
  • Household hardware 

4. Relocate what goes somewhere else in the house 

Ideally, once you have completed going through your junk drawer, you won’t have anything left to go into a box that will eventually go into a new junk drawer at the new house. The bulk of what ends up in this space you can relocate to a proper place. Here are a few examples: 

  • Pens, pencils, and other writing instruments can go in the office supplies 
  • Screwdrivers, drill bits, and other small tools can go in the toolbox 
  • Notepads and recipes can go in the recipe box 

The goal is to find everything in the drawer a more logical place to reside, and in most cases, you can easily do just that. 

Looking for Assistance with Your Residential Move?

No matter how many junk drawers you may have in your home, knowing you have help for the big transition can make things so much easier. If you are ready to find out more about getting help from professional movers, reach out to us today to get started.