We’re plowing though this 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series and today we’re focusing on Junk Drawers!
31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit – Habit 20
Cleaning Out Junk Drawers
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. -Unknown
If you’ve been reading I Dream of Clean for very long, you may have picked up that I’m a fan of just doing “one thing” as often as possible (or as some people put it, taking one bite at a time). That’s because when it comes to cleaning and organizing, there are often projects that just seem overwhelming when you look at them in their entirety. If, however, you train yourself to continually take the next action, you will eventually plow through to the end.
Today we’re going to focus on doing “one thing” with our junk drawers on a daily basis. I’m actually a big fan of having a junk drawer because there are times you just need a place to stash something that doesn’t yet have a home.
Of course, it does pose a problem when the “junk” starts overflowing from the drawer into a closet, room, or even the entire house!
That’s why we need a system for cleaning out junk drawers.
My solution: Take one thing out of the junk drawer every single day. Just make it a habit.
- Pick any item out of the drawer.
- Determine if you really need it or if it can be thrown away.
- If you need to keep it, where should it’s permanent spot be? The garage? In a file drawer? On top of the mantel?
- Take it to the appropriate place.
If random items are constantly being added to the drawer, then it only makes sense to continually remove items as well.
Do you have a junk drawer? When do you clean it out?