Do you have a junk drawer? Nine years ago, when we lived in a much smaller house, I did not have a junk drawer. Not even one. Now, in a much bigger house, I have five. Actually, maybe it’s more like seven. Or ten. Can entire rooms be considered junk drawers?
Here’s one of them:
Looking at that picture makes me want to run away…deal with it another day. But, since an elephant is never eaten in one sitting, I decided to take a little bite out of it and see if I can organize my house in just 5 minutes a day…starting with this drawer. So I got my trash can, set my timer for 5 minutes, and got to work. Here’s the progress after 5 minutes:
I was a little mortified at how much garbage was in the drawer. Gum wrappers, broken clothes pins, dried up markers, random scraps of paper have all been taking up valuable space in my home. Yuck. Then there were the countless unidentifiable pieces and parts…the doo-dads that nobody can identify but they really have to be important so we must keep them. I threw them away. Hope they weren’t actually important. And paper clips! So. many. paper clips. I could string them together and hang them in a doorway like office-supply-themed 1970s doorway beads. When the timer rang I was contemplating if I should run them down to my desk or throw them away. My time was up so I slammed the drawer shut and ran away! I’ll make that monumental decision tomorrow.
I’m going to try this organizing thing for 5 minutes every day. Itty bitty teeny tiny baby steps that will barely be measurable each day but will (theoretically) produce major change. I’m kind of excited about that drawer. What should live there when it’s empty? Maybe I’ll keep it empty just because I can.