The holiday season is here. Lots to do. Too little time. You’re wrapping gifts and preparing goodie bags with name tags. But you can’t find scissors, tape or stapler in the cluttered junk drawer. Next comes the frantic search around the house or unplanned trip to the store. That’ll probably waste an hour. In a quarter of that time, you could organize the junk drawer.
The ubiquitous junk drawer. We put things in there that we expect to need and easily find. Does yours work that way? If not, keep reading.
Why it’s a jumbled mess
- All kinds of things are thrown in there without considering if that’s where they should go
- There is no system
- Calling it a junk drawer
- Junk begets more junk
15-minute quick fix
- Empty the contents on a large, clear surface
- Decide which things to keep in the drawer
- Sort similar items into groups (pens, markers, tape, Post-its)
- Place similar groups near each other
- Look around the house for appropriate containers
- Put everything that belongs elsewhere in a bin to distribute later
- Toss stuff that’s trash
- From now on, call it your “go-to” or “handy stuff” drawer
- Store just small amounts here
- Make sure things work properly before adding them
- Add other items that would be handy to keep here
- Buy appropriately sized containers if what you initially used doesn’t work well
- Restock as items run low
- Maintain results by returning things where they belong immediately after use
Your drawer can look and function similar to mine (see photo). Little changes help to make life easier.
Successfully completing a small organizing project may motivate you to try a little larger project, like a coat closet – just in time for holiday guests!
~ Adriane Weinberg, founder and owner of An Organized Approach
As an organizing and productivity consultant since 2000, I help people lead more productive and fulfilling lives, at home and work, by teaching how to get and remain organized. As a home stager, I prepare homes for sale to sell quickly, for top dollar. Contact me for a free discovery call.