Most homes have them. That one drawer that seems to be a magnet for every little random item that finds its way into your house. It is often an office, kitchen, or even garage drawer that gathers such things as rubber bands, scissors, pens that don’t work, paper clips, batteries, a cute little heart shaped rock, transparent tape and maybe a marker or two.
The problem with a junk drawer is that it slowly becomes a dead-end for items that could otherwise be put to good use. But you forget where they are, and find yourself buying more measuring tapes than you need because you have no idea why they keep disappearing.
If you are ready to clean out the junk drawer, here are a few tips to help make it happen:
- Set Up A Time
Make sure you have enough time to do the job from start to finish. Any interruption can easily lead to stuffing everything back into the junk drawer because you have made no decisions about where to put the items. You will need a good chunk of time to finish this task.If you must stop in the middle, try to set up the chore in a room or garage area that is away from family traffic. This way, you can come back to it as soon as possible without anyone disturbing your mess.
- Prepare Yourself to Be Ruthless
You need to be in the mood to throw stuff away, not save it. There should be a trashcan or trash bag right next to you during this process. The tiny pink butterfly barrette that no one has worn in 3 years needs to go to the garbage can. This is not a time for nostalgia (unless you set up a category for it).
- Create Some Categories
As you begin to empty the junk drawer you will recognize a few vague categories. Separate the items into piles on a large table or counter. Crafts, office, cooking, bathroom, nostalgia, garage etc. Maybe you will want to set up categories for the different people in your family.
- Empty the Drawer
Once the junk drawer is completely empty, clean the bottom and sides and consider how you would like it to be used in a more efficient way. Now is the time to take your piles of items to their proper spots around the house. Do not put this part of the job off for another time.
Now you have a new drawer with many possibilities!
Whether the former junk drawer was in your kitchen, office, or garage, you have now gained some extra space. Do you want it to be a craft supply space or a household tool drawer? Maybe your home office has doubled as the home-schooling room and this drawer can now find the perfect use for your family.
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