This is what happened to our junk drawer and today I decided it was time to clear things out once again. I got a little carried away with the start and didn't get a before photo (oops) as my mind went into "cleaning mode"; however, I wanted to share with you some of the things I discovered that I did. The drawer what cluttered with batteries, pens/pencils, user manuals, bread twist-ties, candles, buttons, electronic chargers, etc. It was an overwhelming mess that I have chosen to ignore for too long.
It seems like when we get a new kitchen appliance, my husband has a tendency to place the manual/instructions sheets in this drawer. Don't mind the fact that we have a folder in our filing cabinet that is dedicated to manuals. Again this is a convenient location for these items to be placed out of sight and dealt with later. I found about five in there today. I have since removed those for filing in the appropriate place.
The drawer organizer I have re-purposed to sort batteries, pencils, pens, candles, and adhesives/super glue. I placed the extra 3M hooks and strips in a baggy to keep them together so they are easy to find. All of the tealight, votive, and battery operated candles are together. I used some of the bread twist-ties I located to in the drawer to bundle up the electronic chargers to the cords are no longer strung about in disarray. All-in-all it is a huge improvement from the before (which I wish I would have thought to take a picture of) and I should be able to find things more easily now. I'm still deciding if I can pull anything else out of there because I'm so done with keeping things we don't need or no longer use.