Sunday, January 31, 2010

**CLOSED**Giveaway: Revamp your Junk Drawer with Rubbermaid

I'm sure you have a drawer in your house where you store all your "junk". If you're like me, maybe you have more than one. The one in my kitchen is a dark abyss, things vanish in the junk drawer and materialize later...just when you don't need it. Batteries..junk drawer. Twist ties...junk drawer. Outlet adapters...junk drawer. I had a junk drawer overload a few weeks ago; my drawer was so packed that it causes one of the sides of the drawer to break. My husband had to pull out the drawer, empty it, and fix the side since it had a "blow-out". He made the gentle suggestion that I might want to clean out the junk drawer. Blasphemy, I *need* everything in that drawer...maybe.

Truth be told, it was time to purge. One of my loftier goals for 2010 is to become better organized. No more search-and-destroy missions in order to find an important paper. No more hanging on to clothes that are no longer in style nor do they fit. No more drawers so packed that you have to sift through everything in it in order to find what you're looking for.

Little known trivia fact: You can only request a copy of your social security card 10 times in your life. How do I know this? Because I'm on copy number four....three cards are floating around somewhere in my house. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to locate the other three during 2010.

One place I know where they aren't is my junk drawer because, thanks to the folks at Rubbermaid, I reorganized my junk drawer. Rubbermaid sent me one of their new Junk Drawer Organizers to try. It came at the perfect time; I was feeling the need to accomplish something on this cold, snowy weekend since I wasn't feeling up to braving the elements and venturing out of the house.



Once I got started, it wasn't as bad as I feared. I did manage to throw out a few things; some pieces-parts that I didn't have a clue as to what they went to or why I saved them. The rest was a breeze. The 6-piece Rubbermaid drawer organizers actually interlock and you're able to move each piece to a configuration that you like. The bottoms have feet so they won't slide around in the drawer. Each unit has a rubber bottom that looks like a patterned drawer liner so it's easy to clean when it gets dirty.



Much nicer, no? The Rubbermaid Junk Drawer Organizers aren't just for junk drawers either. They'd be perfect for crafts, office supplies, cosmetics, and medicines. They're a neat solution for your untidy problem. In addition to tips & tricks on the Rubbermaid Solutions Center, Rubbermaid has even created a easy tutorial if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed at tackling the task of revamping your junk drawer:

1) Set aside an hour of time and clear off a working space (your counter, the floor, a table) that is large enough to hold all the items in your drawer.
2) Take a deep breath
3) Create four piles to place things into:
A) Belongs somewhere else
B) Trash (this pile could actually be your trash can or trash bag)
C) Donate (just in case there is something in there you would actually give away)
D) Keep
4) Go through the drawer and put the things in the appropriate pile
5) Trash the trash pile, take things to your car that you will donate (so you'll actually donate them), put the things that belong somewhere else away
6) Come back to your keep pile. Start to group like things together (pens with pens, small tools with other small tools, medicine with medicine, batteries with batteries, etc.
7) Containerize these items. Put them into the Rubbermaid drawer organizers.
8) Reward yourself for a job well done. I would personally suggest a massage but a tasty cup of coffee or hot chocolate might be good too.
9) Check back in a few weeks to make sure everything is still in its place. Organization is not a one-time thing but a process that is best worked on constantly.


Rubbermaid wants to help you get organized, too. They've offered to send one of my readers a 6-Piece Rubbermaid Junk Drawer Organizer set just like I received so you can turn your "now, where is it?" into "it's right here".

Mandatory Entry:

1) Tell me something you keep in your junk drawer. (1 entry, leave 1 comment).

Extra Credit:

2) Follow Rubbermaid on Twitter. (1 entry, leave 1 comment with your Twitter name).

3) Follow Rubbermaid Two on Twitter. (1 entry, leave 1 comment with your Twitter name).

4) Become a Rubbermaid Facebook Fan. (1 entry, leave 1 comment with your Facebook name).

5) Follow my blog (left sidebar) or take credit if you already do. (1 entry, leave 1 comment).

6) Tweet the giveaway, can be done daily. (1 entry, leave 1 comment with your tweet url).

Easy tweet you can use:

Revamp your junk drawer giveaway; win a @Rubbermaid drawer organizer set. Ends 2/15 http://tiny.cc/pBRBo



7) Sign up for the Rubbermaid Club. It's free and you'll receive money saving coupons & rebates, special birthday savings, organizational tips and new product information. (3 entries, leave 3 comments that you signed up).

US residents only. Giveaway ends on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be drawn by Random.org and notified by email. Please leave me a way to contact you if your email address is not visible in your blogger profile. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with shipping information before there's a do-over. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Rubbermaid, I am just the middle-man.


190 comments:

The Whitakers said...

I'm a follower of Rubbermaid on twitter.
tlwhitaker27
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The Whitakers said...

I'm a follower of Rubbermaid Two on twitter.
tlwhitaker27
tlc1982@aol.com

StephanieC said...

I have a lot of paperclips and receipts in my junk drawer! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

Following Rubbermaid on twitter @desmoinesdealin

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StephanieC said...

Following RubbermaidTwo on twitter @desmoinesdealin

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StephanieC said...

http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/8503030734


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Missybeez said...

I have alot of batteries and condiments from restauraunts.
honeybeez80@yahoo.com

mina said...

we keep everything from fake teeth to old foreign coins in our junk drawer!

Kelly said...

We keep EVERYTHING in there! I have a lot of the little rubber bouncy balls, lol.

grafettekj[at]hotmail[dot]com

bison61 said...

I have a big junk drawer there is batteries, tools, phone book,& my envelopes full of coupons

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Nanbon44 said...

there is a junk drawer in each room LOL... Sewing junk drawer is pins, tape measure, quilt pens. Living room Junk drawer is batteries, post it notes, pens, pencils, bracelets that didn't make it back to the jewelry box, Kitchen is egg slicer, jar opener, matches, gadgets that just don't work.

Milton said...

Definitely 'junk' in that kitchen junk drawer -- rubber bands, used twist ties, bread bag closures, Sharpie markers, matches, beer can opener, bread crumbs....

Wendy said...

I keep a spare pair of keys for babysitters in the junk drawer! In a ripped envelope that says "spare keys!" I need some organization!

Wendy said...

Following Rubbermaid Two on Twitter @BabiesGottaHavT
(previous entry is same Twitter ID)

Sidney C said...

there are keys in that drawer that I have no idea what they are supposed to open anymore

AnnickVer on twitter

Chip said...

I keep my Box Tops and MyCoke Rewards caps in the junk drawer. Would be a good thing to get them organized.

chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

Theresa said...

My junk drawer has all of my important stuff like checks & coupons, but then sharp pointy things like tacks & nails so you can't dig around too much.

LaMaMaLa said...

my junk drawers has a bunch of dead batteries, but i don't have a tester, so i never throw them out!

Madam Pince said...

Batteries of every size -- AA for my digital camera and clocks, AAA for my remotes, 9V for just in case and small round ones for my alarm clock.

wildcat32 said...

I have alot of change in my junk drawers.
monster6236(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

We keep various screwdrivers in our junk drawer but for some reason still can't ever find the one we need.

rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

Sunnyvale said...

Without an attached garage, our junk drawer has a smattering of practical tooks (hammer, screwdriver), plus batteries, and other odds and ends.

sweepmom said...

A better comment might be what I don't keep in there ;). Seriously though, I keep matches in my junk drawer.

Sharon said...

Restaurant discount coupons, supermarket coupons, rubber bands, pens, receipts. And we have no excuse for the mess, since we have only lived in our home for about a month!

Deborah said...

One thing I keep in my junk drawer is corks. asthenight at gmail dot com

her5boys said...

paper clips, scissors, coupons, pens, change, loose screws, keys, papers, batteries...you name it!

sweetsue said...

I just pried it open and there are tools, toys, teabags, and many unknown objects!
smchester at gmail dot com

clynsg said...

Which one?? I would probably use this in my desk junk drawer, which has tape, stamps, pens, pencils, paper clips, etc. in it.

clynsg at yahoo dot com

marthajane said...

I keep rubber bands (among other things) in my junk drawer. I'm so lucky, the house I live in now has enough storage that I have a junk closet (very well organized, though).

mogrill said...

We keep stamps,floss,cat treats,and push pins in our junk drawer. Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

ehhogan said...

We keep pencils, pens, paper clip, etc. in our junk drawer



ehhogan at bellsouth.net

Bombtastic Belle said...

i have a lot of pens, paper clips, shapries and such
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

calvad said...

Lots of rubberbands and other junk will be found in my junk drawer

Mary said...

A jar of "whatchamacallits" and "doodads!"

Merrie L.
lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

chlorinebrain said...

It seems like everything is in our junk drawer: batteries, stamps, pens, pencils, paper clips, lip balm, hand lotion, I even found a bag of Cheerios in there once!

Becky said...

UMM wow...what isn't in my junk drawer..envelopes, paper, checks, pens, highlighters, glue...

kalea_kane said...

Our junk drawer is full of so many things, but it is definitely the drawer you can look to for batteries of all types.

Thanks for the giveaway!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I follow Rubbermaid on Twitter @kellyblackwell

Thanks!

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kalea_kane said...

I follow Rubbermaid Two on Twitter @kellyblackwell

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kalea_kane said...

Tweet:

http://twitter.com/kellyblackwell/status/8781970394

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Ardy22 said...

One of my junk drawers has scissors, rubber bands, stick pins, staples, tools, and the list goes on and on!

- Marybeth I. said...

random kid toys, hair clips and crayons can be found in our junk drawer

bettycd said...

I put in junk drawer things I find that I've learned might be irreplaceable - like the odd screw or battery-plate cover. We have so many electronic devices that take batteries. Throw it away and for sure your husband or kid will tell you what it goes to right after the trash pickup.

kalea_kane said...

Tweeted:

http://twitter.com/kellyblackwell/status/8840027336


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minishoes1 said...

Inkpens,thumbtacks,paper and nails .What a great giveaway and it is something that I really need! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

Andria said...

I keep keys in there that I can't figure out what they belong to.

Rachel G said...

I have a whole lot of different junk in my junk drawer, one being rubber bands.

JenniferB said...

we keep junk in our junk drawer- matches, junk mail non essential things etc

Pat said...

Those little condiments from restaurants, receipts, batteries and much more.
pkildow at gmail dot com

LittleEagle said...

We keep to go menus in our junk drawer. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

jennem said...

Little bits of artwork my daughter makes for me.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

"Miss" Anita said...

One thing we keep in our junk drawer is twist ties... you know, the little things to wrap around bread packages and other things to keep them "fresher." :)

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I follow Rubbermaid on Twitter (@HSBSuzanne).

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"Miss" Anita said...

I follow Rubbermaid Two on Twitter (@HSBSuzanne).

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Amanda said...

In my junk drawer is usually a ton of pens (which reminds me I should check them to make sure they still work..lol) and lots of rubberbands.

Michele P. said...

following Rubbermaid on twitter @micaela6955

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Michele P. said...

following Rubbermaid Two on twitter @micaela6955

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Michele P. said...

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SH said...

I store charging cords in my junk drawer
bargainfun1 at yahoo

amandakbarnes90 said...

I keep old McDonald's toys in my junk drawer! :)
Amanda Barnes
amandakbarnes90@gmail dot com

Sher said...

I keep tape, pens, paper clips, and odds and ends in my junk drawer!

chromiumman said...

more pens than i ever remember buying

chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

hickcrazy1 said...

I keep all sizes of cork bottle stoppers in my junk drawer.
hickcrazy1(at)yahoo(dot)com

karen said...

I keep paper clips in my junk drawer. Thanks.

president(dot)peaches(at)hotmail(dot)com

Barbarawr said...

We have golf balls in the junk drawer. Do we play golf? No, but the kids have seen that any odds and ends that have no "home" go in there, so when they find golf balls, they put them in there,too. I'm sure you want to know that we have golf balls in our freezer, too. And those little plastic animals.

amyd said...

follow rubbermaid on twitter
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amyd said...

follow rubbermaid2 on twitter
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Tammy said...

stamps - of course I'm always buying more, because I can't find them in my junk drawer lol!

ktgonyea said...

This would be great for the batteries, paper clips and rubber bands !!

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... said...

Just one thing? Oh my. Rubber bands.

Btw, this review is making me feel like a hoarder. :)

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Rajee said...

I have a lot of paperclips and receipts in my junk drawer!

rajee@momsfocusonline.com