The Treasure Drawer

11th January 2012

We have many treasures (or “tweasures” as the five year old calls them) in our house.

Sadly, I’m not talking about jewellery.

I’m talking about those small kid toys you happen to find all over the house and never know what to do with.

With an eight year old and a five year old, we have accumulated a lot of stuff – a scary amount.

While the kids were still home on holiday break the first week of January, I went through every room of the house and cleaned, organized and purged like crazy. I was ruthless and we got rid of bags and bags of stuff.

It felt fantastic.

The kids were great and were willing to let go of some of their older toys to make room for new gifts they received.

However, for some reason, they always find it difficult to part with the smaller, random crap that they’ve collected – rocks, cards, plastic bugs, windup toys, and the list goes on and on.

So I came up with a solution – The TREASURE DRAWER!

Listen, this is as Martha as I get, so if you have to fake being impressed, feel free.


Find an empty drawer in your little culprit’s bedroom. Fill it with drawer storage/dividers/containers that will help keep the drawer somewhat organized.


After you force your kids to choose what they absolutely can’t part with, and you toss the broken stuff, put the treasures in the drawer.


Yes, you too can do this at home. And the beauty of it is that it allows for very easy cleanup.

Do you have a little girl with a million hair accessories and play jewellery? Well, then find yourself another empty drawer:

(Allow me to translate the 5 year old speak: joolry – jewellery, wawetts – wallets, hair stuffs – hair accessories)

My son also needed two drawers dedicated to his special things.

In his nightstand drawer, he keeps his special rocks, the coins his Daddy brings him from all his business trips from around the world and his watches.

I truly believe the best thing you can do when organizing is store things, like with like. That’s why this works for us – believe it or not, all of their small toys/items are now contained in these drawers. WIN!

In a future post I’ll show you their playroom, so you can see how I’ve been able to successfully organize all their toys, like with like, in an uncluttered way. And the extra bonus – they’re able to clean it up on their own, and it always looks the same, which makes me very happy.

Everything has it’s place – it’s a good thing.

(A good thing for Mommy’s sanity – clutter makes me itchy.)

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15 thoughts on “The Treasure Drawer

  1. Sandy

    Awesome! I like how casually you say, “find an empty drawer”. hahahahaha I just did this with my daughters accessories, those things really pile up.

    1. MARIA Post author

      Ha. Well, I had to empty a drawer – it’s not like I have anything empty in this house. But to get the crap off the floors and out of every corner of the house, it was worth it!

      1. Abby

        I had the same thought! But I suppose I could find an empty box or bin, at least. We have tons of that tiny, random junk from birthday goody bags, etc. The kids like to play with it but it does get everywhere. I love how your son has a special section for plastic bugs!

  2. Lindsey

    That is brilliant!! Love it. Now I must find drawers and go shopping for organizers! Can’t wait to see the play room!!

  3. Nena


    I am about to begin purging and decorating the kids rooms. The drawer organizers are great for treasures and my kids have a ton too. I also need to organize and purge our toy room. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Mine are almost 3 (girl) and 5 (boy).

  4. nicole

    We have no empty drawers. And I spend over 3 hours cleaning my boys’ room a couple of weeks ago and it looks like I have never stepped foot in there now. So depressing. Makes me not want to clean at all.

    1. MARIA Post author

      I hear you – when it’s pristine, it looks great but it doesn’t last long! I didn’t have empty drawers either, but I made an effort to make the room when I was purging because I couldn’t take stepping/tripping on this stuff one more second!!

    1. MARIA Post author

      Excellent!! I did a major purge of both their rooms, including clothes that no longer fit just before so that’s how I got an empty drawer, thankfully!

  5. Elaine

    Great job!

    I love that plastic organizer from IKEA – I have one is each of my TWO “junk drawers” in our kitchen.

    And you know where I store a lot of these little trinkets at our house? TRASH. CAN. ;P (but I know some things are just too special… we have a lot of that too. *sigh*) 🙂

    1. MARIA Post author

      Ha! Love it Elaine. I totally believe in Trash Can storage, but sadly as they get older, they get wise to that trick!!


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