10 Junk Drawer Before & Afters That Will Make You Scream

Can't stop looking through these photos.

December 29, 2018
Photo by Julia Gartland

Junk drawers are a weird phenomenon, but they’re also necessary, if you ask me. There are just so many little items that don’t have a logical storage place in your home, so they go to live in the junk drawer.

Zip ties? Junk drawer. Swiss Army knife? Junk drawer. Batteries? Junk drawer.

However, the problem becomes that after a few years of collecting random odds and ends, you generally have a huge, unmanageable mess on your hands. If you’ve reached this point in your junk drawer evolution, it’s time to call in the professional organizers of Instagram.

The following are 10 amazing junk drawer (and other messy storage drawer) transformations that will honestly blow your mind. They might even inspire you to purge and sort your own less-than-optimal situations.

Make sure to hit the arrow on the right side of each image to see the before and after photos.

A Purged & Organized Masterpiece

I think my exact words here were, “Oh, wow.” There was definitely some purging that took place between the before and after pics, and the result is every neat freak’s dream. Imagine being able to find thumbtacks that easily?

A Job for Multiple Organizers

This junk drawer was such a mess that it needed multiple organizers to get everything into place. Check out how they paired a wooden utensil organizer with another plastic bin to create a space for all their necessary junk.

A Makeup Drawer Makeover

Okay, I’ll admit this isn’t a “junk” drawer, but it got such an impressive makeover that I had to include it. There are actually multiple drawers tackled in this IG post, all of which took messy, cringe-worthy bathroom spaces and turned them into organized, efficient storage systems.

The Ultimate Organization Station

Pens in one section, pencils in the other. Erasers stay separate from binder clips. This drawer is truly a wonderful sight! I have to say, though: I wish these IG gurus would put the before picture before to increase the “wow” factor—don’t you agree?

A Spice Drawer That’s Oh-So Nice

Again, this isn’t junk. It’s very essential kitchen content, in fact. Check out how crazy beautiful this drawer of spices is. What was once a mishmash of seasonings is now every cook’s dream. Love isn’t a strong enough word.

An Extra-Wide, Impeccably Sorted Junk Drawer

A lot of space in a junk drawer typically means a lot of mess, but not in this one. Sure, it used to be jam-packed full of “stuff,” but now everything has its place in cute, simple acrylic bins. Even the batteries are sorted!

An Essentials-Only Kitchen Drawer

Raise your hand if you have some kitchen tools that you don’t ever use. Now that we all have our hands up, let’s take a minute to appreciate this lovely kitchen drawer, which got purged and organized during spring cleaning. I’m going to go ahead and bookmark it for next season's cleaning inspiration.

The Most Beautiful Coffee Drawer Ever

There’s no “before” picture here, but I’m so obsessed with it that I’ll let it slide. Is this little coffee and tea drawer not the sweetest, most organized thing you’ve ever seen? It’s such a great way to keep all your hot beverage essentials in one place.

A Wonderfully Minimalistic Junk Drawer

The before and after here is like night and day. This junk drawer starts out packed with too many golf balls, and it ends up looking incredibly chic and minimalistic with its acrylic bins. No chance of losing your keys in this hyper-organized drawer.

A Firsthand Look at Junk Drawer Magic

Wondering how all these drawers got to be so wonderfully organized? It’s no easy feat. Check out this video of a professional organizer in action. She actually measures each little compartment to ensure she’s maximizing space and getting the best possible fit for the drawer. We can't stop watching.

Do you have a junk drawer that needs some TLC? Let us know below!

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FrugalCat January 19, 2019
Of course these look nice- they got rid of at least half the stuff in the drawers. Yes, we all need to purge, but I'd be more impressed with a before and after shot where there is still the same number of items in the drawer!
mdelgatty April 28, 2020
Cathy W. January 12, 2019
I would love to know where to get the adjustable wood organizers come from! Those are nice!
Jaye B. January 4, 2019
Yep, easy to do when you have large/deep drawers like these or can spare a whole drawer just for coffee/tea supplies. What about teas that don't come in individual packets?
Claudia T. January 15, 2019
I put my loose teas into glass jars because I like to have them sealed (otherwise I feel like they dry out and lose their potency quickly). They're kind of like the picture of spices, only bigger jars. My fave tea comes in bags but not the individual coated-paper bags, just the paper bags, so I have those in a low metal tin that fits in the drawer. I think it used to hold some fancy chocolates.
amanda R. January 1, 2019
My kitchen utensil drawer absolutely looks like the "before" picture.