Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Junk Drawer: Battery Organization

Ever have one of those moments where you discover an area of your home that needs organizing, but you didn't know it needed to be reorganized?

This was my moment.

I use a wireless mouse and the battery died. We have a small drawer in our kitchen dedicated to batteries (anyone with kids can relate...always good to keep batteries on hand for new toys!). I went to get a new battery for my mouse, and this is what I came across:

I think I had a mini heart attack. I had no idea it had gotten that bad! So I emptied out the drawer (I also took the opportunity to wipe it was gross!), and found much more than just batteries in our "battery drawer."

In addition to the batteries, we had rubber bands, a lighter, random screws and pins, super glue, an "It's a Boy" cigar, and fortunes from fortune cookies. After returning the other items to where they belonged, I decided to take the new batteries out of the large boxes and put them together in a pencil box to save space:

Then I used my label maker to mark that these were new batteries, so they wouldn't be confused with the older batteries. (Ironically, I had to change the batteries in my label maker because they were dead. Oops!)

Finally, I put everything back in the drawer...and by everything, I mean only batteries!! (The bigger batteries in the back of the drawer are for our weed whacker.)

Let's get one more before and after shot:

Project Cost: $0


  1. I love this! I'll have to pick up a pencil box soon.
    Found you at One Project at a Time. :)

  2. I just wanted to share this because I didn't know about it. It is VERY unsafe to store batteries touching each other. Please watch I said I had no idea something like this could happen from batteries.

  3. Love the end result! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party