Organizing Life Without Spending Money: Part I

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Right now I picture  life in our tiny apartment as a House Hunters intro: "We just need more space! We've been barely getting by!" as the BF, dog and I awkwardly rub bodies in the impossibly narrow galley kitchen during coffee hour, then the camera pans to me as I stand on a chair to reach the food in the cabinets that are built for comfortable accessibility to NBA players.

I'm not one to present problems without solutions, but we're in the home-buying process so our time in this place is limited which makes me hesitant (hesitant is not the right word- refuse maybe?) to invest any money (literally any, even $5) into organizing or bettering our current abode. However, for my Type A personality, some things need to be fixed (junk drawers, tornado-ridden pantries, cluttered closet space). Enter: new series: Organizing Life in a Place You Literally Can't Even Invest $1 On.

Part I: The Kitchen Junk Drawer
Every time I opened our junk drawer I needed a paper bag on hand to breathe into as panic attacks set in. No more panic attacks (over the junk drawer at least).

Here's what I did:
  1. Saved all things cardboard (pictured: Freezer bag box, aluminum foil box, cereal box)
  2. Cut the bottom out of the boxes (my new box things are about 3 inches tall. this depends on how big your drawers are. You want them big enough to hold a few items but short enough to close the drawers)
  3. Arrange them in the drawer
  4. Put junk in them (Sidenote: if you get as excited as me try categorizing the sections! Office supplies in here, oven stuff in here, wine stuff in here) 
  5. If you have time/paint you can paint these or mod podge them and make them  pretty! But really I'm not trying to do anything permanent here. 

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