This is embarrassing. I would never have let anyone see in my junk drawer but since I am a blogger, I broadcast it to the world. Oh, well. I hope you still love me after this shocking expose. 😉
Well, I’ve been in an organizing mood since January. Usually it’s warn off by now, I don’t know what’s wrong. The more that gets organized, the less I have patience with my cluttered spots. I really do believe in the mantra, “clutter attracts clutter.” (aka The Flylady) For example, if your desk is a mess, you have no problem throwing down a pile of papers to deal with later. But, if your desk is clean and it makes you happy to look at it, you won’t mess up your purdy desk! You’ll stash it on your husband’s messy nightstand.
That’s how my brain works anyway!
So, I’ve been tackling my hot spots. The storage closet, my closet, the laundry room and now the junk drawer. It’s not hard but you do have to have a plan. I have realized that my method for cleaning out my junk drawer, mirrors the way I organize every space in my house. And when I don’t follow this plan, it never really gets all the way there…and in a month, it’s right back where it was before. That’s discouraging.
How to Organize Anything, as modeled by The Junk Drawer:
- Empty out the entire room, or drawer. I never get anything well organized if I leave items in the room. I love to empty the space out because it allows you to think differently about your space. Don’t be afraid to move things around.
- Clean the drawer and close it. Nothing is going in there for a while!
- Throw away the trash. I can’t remember the last time I needed clothespins. TRASH! Odessy Fun World Coins? TRASH!
- Sort everything that is left into piles of like things. Here were some of my categories; paper/pens, cooking, electronics, tools, money, medicine, birthday candles, makeup….
- Decide what categories need to be here. My kids do their homework at the counter, so we needed an area to store their supplies. Your junk drawer might house your electronics or cooking supplies or bills.
- Pare down the amount of items in each category. This is KEY! You cannot have millions of any one item and expect your house to feel fresh and spacious. Millions of pens were sent to pen purgatory.
- Fill up the space with appropriate organizers. The one on the right is an OLD silverware organizer. The organizer on the left is NEW from the Container Store.
- Corral small items in containers. (toothpicks, staples and twisty-ties are in the blue containers.)
- Refill the space with the necessities that you use & love. If something doesn’t fit, find it a new home.
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