July 3, 2017
Just in case you ever got the mistaken notion that our house (and its accompanying cabinets and cupboards) were in orderly shape at all times, this post will permanently dissuade you of that misconception.
I am sharing the post because confession (of messiness) is good for the soul and also because maybe it will help you attack one of the messes in your own house. (Although I doubt your mess will be half as bad as MY mess.)
It’s that place that catches all the collections of miscellany that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.
Well, somehow our house ended up with not one, but TWO junk drawers, side by side. How I ever allowed that to happen, I do not know.
Last week, after I had wasted innumerable moments searching through BOTH drawers for a certain something, I sternly told myself that I’d had enough of it and I was going to declare war.
Junk drawer war.
And now the time has come for me to invite you to take a peak at the chaotic junk drawers that had taken up residence in the Smith Abode. As you can see, our junk drawers runneth-ed over!
Here is what the contents of both junk drawers looked like when spread out on the counter. (My embarrassment is complete.)
It took me over an hour, but I am happy to say that I did win the junk drawer war.
I put all the stuff that needed to go to another part of the house in a plastic grocery bag, tied a knot in the bag, and stuck the bag in a closet.
Because after an hour of sorting and pondering and thinking, my brain was not overly enthused about the task of doing all the additional sorting and pondering and thinking that would be required to put all those items away. I’ll do that on another day (soon) when I haven’t just wrestled with two overflowing junk drawers.
Sometimes we don’t tackle a particular job because it’s just too overwhelming. But the secret is to give yourself permission to not have to do it all. Just do the first step. Or the first two steps. The job will still be there when you get back to it. Believe me.
And so after sorting things into the four categories, putting items into the grocery bag to be put away later, this is what I ended up with.
Make sure to leave room around the edges. In other words, never put an organizer flush with the sides of the drawer because that wastes good space.
In the picture above, I put extra Post-it notes in the back (there is a Post-it dispenser on the counter above), a ruler on the left side, tape in the front, and an emptied mint container (with Motrin and Tylenol) on the right side.
After I had finished sorting through the drawers I asked myself, “Why in the world didn’t I do that earlier?” It wasn’t that big of a job and now I get a little jolt of joy whenever I open the drawer and see all the wonderful orderliness inside.
And so in closing, the purpose of this post is to hopefully to inspire you to win your own junk drawer war. (Or closet or cupboard war.)
To quote someone famous, “The dreading of it is worse than the doing of it.” That is true about so many things in our lives that we keep putting off–for me, it was the junk drawer war.
What about you? Are your drawers and closets mostly in order or do you have a few messes lurking? Please tell me I am not the only one!
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.