Day 14: De-junking the Junk Drawer

Today is Day 14 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.

Everyone has a junk drawer, or three.  It’s that place where everything that doesn’t have another place to be lives.  We don’t have many drawers in our apartment, so I have a junk box that lives in the pantry.  It tends to get scary looking.  Here is a picture of it before I tackled it:

You can see the obvious…nail boxes, flashlight parts, sticky notes.  What you can’t see are the 30 batteries, another box of nails (spilled in the bottom), three different packs of sticky notes, twist ties, bag clips, and assorted birthday candles.

I took everything out of the junk box and grouped it.  I moved some items to other drawers, such as the twist ties and bag clips.  They are supposed to go in a kitchen drawer with my measuring spoons in order to be handy.  Somebody didn’t get that memo.

I threw away a handful of broken crayons.  Pens and pencils went back in the school box, along with the three pencil sharpeners I found.

I reassembled the flashlights.  One worked, but the other couldn’t be revived.  Probably had something to do with being pounded on the pavement.

The good news is that I have enough nails to build a small house.  I found three pairs of scissors and more rubber bands than you can shake a stick at.

You can see from the “after” picture, that I have reduced the pile of rubble considerably, contained the mass of rubber bands, and basically made it easier to find whatever junk I’m looking for.  I could even put a top on the box, if I wanted to.  That is, if I could find the top.

The average person is never going to get away from needing a central repository for sundry items.  But taming the junk drawer and cleaning it on occasion keeps all that stuff find-able and within easy reach.

My philosophy is minimize what you don’t need to the trash and organize the rest.

What does your junk drawer look like?  Be honest!


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