The Junk Drawer

Do you ever feel like your little trinkets and odds-and-ends get lost in the abyss of your home? Well, chances are, most of them end up in the black hole often known as the junk drawer. We all have junk drawers, whether you’d like to admit it or not. We try our best to keep them clean and organized, but the drawer always seem to pile back up to its natural, unruly state. Why is that? I’m sure we could come up with plenty of reasons we feed the monster in our homes, but at the end of the day, it always feels good to clean or completely get rid of the junk drawer. So, grab a glass of wine, blast your favorite tunes, and let’s get started!

The first order of business is to take said drawer completely out of the unit; most slide out pretty easily, unless there an errant bundle of papers in the way.  That way, you can see those items hiding out all the way in the back of the drawer that have been long-since forgotten. Then, dump it all on the floor.  That way, your mess is staring you in the face and you have no choice but to clean it all up and find new homes for all the items inside.

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The next thing you need to do is make distinct piles. For example: make a “garbage” pile, a “donate” pile, a “stuff to keep” pile, and an “undecided” pile. That way, you can easily see what needs to be thrown out for good and what you feel is valuable enough to keep.  And no, those Skittles that have been in there for a year shouldn’t be kept, so don’t even ask.

Once you have organized items into their respective piles, go ahead and throw away the garbage, then get to work on the “undecided” pile.  Do you really need that second Philips screwdriver? Are some of the things just junk that you have a connection with? Just remember that the simpler the better, so once you have gone through each pile, stick to your plan to throw away or donate what you don’t need anymore.  A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in six months or more, it’s time to toss or donate it.

Finally, organize all the things you want to keep back in the drawer or better yet, place them in different places in your house where you will actually use them properly. Because they aren’t being used when lost in this drawer.

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Once you’ve done that, find a productive use for that newly empty drawer. It could be used for recipe books, coupons or even a pen drawer. Whatever you choose, try and keep it as clean as possible, because do you really want to have to do that again? Let’s be honest, not even a little.

Even better, why not have drawer cleaning parties with your girlfriends. Before you laugh at me, it can actually a lot of fun! Make dinner, have some nice wine, and enjoy the walk through memory lane with your girls while you bond at the same time. And you never know when that whole “one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure” saying will kick in. Any reason to hang out is a good reason, am I right?