the idea was to clean out a junk drawer, but my desk drawer had turned into a junk drawer and that's just not productive or, let's face it, cool. enough was enough.
this was the drawer (the one-and-only):
so, first i took the drawer out of the desk so that i could see everything crammed in there. this included some old batteries that had leaked everywhere and lots of scraps of trash to just toss. i took everything out, put small children's toys (that i had probably confiscated and shoved away) back in their respective proper places, cleaned the bottom of the drawer with an all-purpose cleaner to get rid of the battery acid, and put some little organizing baskets in there. I found them in the dollar section at Staples! then i sorted and purged and placed the office items that belong back into the drawer.
here's the after picture:
ahhh...that's better. for now.