Make a DIY Junk Drawer Organizer on the Cheap

created at: 03/22/2011

Junk drawers. Everyone’s got one. Which I think is okay, because homes do really need one. You need a central location to store something like a pencil so you don’t have to run upstairs to the office everytime.  A place to keep the things you don’t wanna forget about, like gift cards, receipts, your Netflix DVD envelope, or for “need it when you need it” items like coasters or matches. Having a designated spot for these random items is way better that leaving them out on side tables and countertops. Continue Reading

How To: Clean Up My Junk Drawer (or yours)

As I mentioned last week, we’re scouring the internets for junk drawers (why? I don’t really know, but it’s kind of fun). If you’ve got one (come on, everyone has one), send us a pic at Here’s mine, and the story of how I cleaned it up (with some great tips):

created at: 03/07/2011

(Oops. I guess I have two junk drawers)

Start by taking everything out
Yes, this step is mandatory. Sorry.

All that junk!

More junk! Crap! Shinola! 


Come on! Now’s your chance! Continue Reading

We Want Your Junk Drawers!

Junk, junk, and more junk!

Next month is spring cleaning and organization month here on Curbly, and in preparation for it, I’m putting out a call for your worst junk drawer pictures. Everyone’s got one; everyone hates ’em, and next month, we’re going to help you get those babies (and the rest of your house) under control. So, snap a picture of yours and send it to along with your name (unless you’re just too embarassed to take credit). Who knows, we might even choose our favorite submission to receive a prize! Continue Reading

Upholstered Junk

How’s this grab you? Never in all of staple setting days have I thought of converting a galvanized steel tub into a button tufted ottoman. Kudos to Katie of ReCreate for her Way Out implementation of sheer cleverness. That’s not all…. 

How about illustrating your newly obtained upholstery skills by turning a flea market suitcase into a charming little chair or settee?  It looks fairly straightforward. I can envision a tricked out version of this in a child’s room. Continue Reading

Dumpster-Diving Decor



Confession: When my brothers and sisters and I were kids, there was nothing better than accompanying my father to the local dump. I grew up in a small town when and where such things as junkyards and town dumps were standard issue. The purpose, of course, was to dispose of our garbage, but we always ended up finding some treasures to haul back home with us–much to my mother’s dismay. Two classics I remember finding were a very old leather trunk and a perfectly-functioning portable record player circa Brady Bunch era. Continue Reading

Thrift Store Light Becomes a Sophisticated Paris Hanging Lamp

created at: 2010/01/29

Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.

created at: 2010/01/29

Who would have thunk it? Take a look at the step by step process.

Way to go Georgia!

Basement Purging (is a State of Mind)

created at: 2009-07-28

In order to rid yourself of junk, materials, and seemingly valuable items you might use someday, it takes a split second change in your mindset. I must have gotten this gear shifting ability from my dad. When we moved, the one and only time while I was growing up, we got rid of everything. He had no sentiment about things and stuff.

created at: 2009-07-28

This weekend I went into that zone and rifled through my beloved fabrics, paper, supplies and purged, purged, purged.  Continue Reading