The Kitchen Junk Drawer
You know the one. The drawer with the birthday candles, super glue tubes, uncapped writing utensils, scotch tape, and notepads. To tackle this, the same de-cluttering and organization methods apply: remove all items, take an inventory, determine what you realistically use. No need to keep 30 pens in the drawer if you only need 2-3 any given week.
When items go back into the drawer, keep them organized by sectioning them into small, shallow bins. The plastic bins your deli meats came in make easy drawer compartments that separate items by type. These handy bins make items easier to find and provide a great way to recycle and reuse. Plus, they save you money by preventing you from buying custom drawer dividers.
Books and More Books
During your de-cluttering project, you may conclude that you just don’t have enough shelf or cabinet space. So, you buy temporary shelving, putting a band-aid on the clutter instead of solving the problem. Perhaps it’s time to go through what is taking up all that room (your lifetime accumulation of books?),
If books are the issue, determine which you can let go of and donate to a used bookstore or local charity. We would never recommend letting go of books that have special literary, nostalgic or family-heirloom meaning. Instead, take a realistic look at whether you will ever re-reference or re-read those books. Trust that the books made an impact and rejoice in the fact that once those books are gone, you’ve created more storage.
During your organization efforts, you may find that a piece of furniture has become available due to your successful purging of excess stuff. The extra china cabinet in your dining room that housed three sets of dishes you “just had to have” but never use is now empty. Think about re-purposing that cabinet in a non-traditional way. Move it to your home office or second bedroom as additional storage of sweaters, linens, craft materials, or holiday wrapping paper – whatever still needs consolidating for a more organized space.