Know what you have; find what you need
PHOENIX -- Everybody has a junk drawer. Some people have several.
Junk drawers are notorious for eating things like pencils, pens, tape measures and batteries. In many (if not most) cases, anything tossed into a junk drawer runs the risk of disappearing into the void.
"Things that don't really have a home get thrown in here," professional organizer Bridges Conner said of the ubiquitous junk drawer. "I don't have a problem with a junk drawer. I think a junk drawer is good for the soul. Everyone needs to have one, but it's more helpful if it's a little more organized."
That said, Conner showed 3TV's Gina Maravilla how to organize a junk drawer so that everything you need is right at your fingertips.
"The key is that it's accessible and you can find it when you need it," she said.
1. Empty the drawer so that you know what you have. Sort it all out and purge what you can.
2. Measure your drawer and find an organizer tray that will fit. An expandable divided tray is a good option.
3. As you refill your drawer, put like items together.
4. Use a label maker to tag your charging cords.
5. Place something in the space behind the organizer so it does not shift when you open and close the drawer.
6. Buy a battery organizer so you can see what you have and what you need. Some battery cases include a tester.
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