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Week 4 – How To Break-Up With Your Junk Drawer Once And For All

Inside every home you will find that dreaded drawer. It is the drawer where a wide assortment of household items congregate together to create a medley known as ‘The Junk Drawer’. If you don’t have a drawer, your Junk Drawer might take the form of a chair, a shelf or perhaps a section of your bedroom floor. Please know that I am not going teach to you how to declutter or organise your Junk Drawer, I am going to teach you how to say goodbye for good- Junk Drawer no more!

Step 1: Divide and conquer

Take everything out of the Junk Drawer and hold each item in your hands one at a time. Categorise the items into piles e.g. tools, stationary, papers etc.

Step 2: Recycle

Recycle or throw away broken items e.g. random pieces of scrap paper, empty pens etc.

Step 3: Relocate

Straight away you may be able to relocate items from the Junk Drawer to their correct homes in the house e.g. stationary moves to the office and the tools are placed in the toolbox. Walk around your house with your collection of misfit items and see if you can naturally place them in a better home.

Step 4: Re-assess

The items you’re left with may be harder to re-home. For example, in your Junk Drawer you may be left with three birthday candles, some picture hooks and a coaster. Re-assess if you ‘actually need’ these items. Decide if you’re going to keep, recycle, sell or give away the remaining items. In order to keep an item you may need to create a new home for it e.g. put birthday candles inside a ‘Baking box’, put picture hooks inside a toolbox and put the coaster somewhere around your home (on a coffee table, a bedside table or perhaps underneath a potted plant).

Step 5: The possibilities are endless

Now that the Junk Drawer has been diffused, you will be left with an Empty Drawer. The Empty Drawer opens up new and exciting possibilities. Perhaps it will become an ‘Emergency Drawer’ where you can store your first aid kit and other ‘quick grab’ items. Maybe the Empty Drawer will become a place to organise your favourite candles or kitchen gadgets. Whatever the Junk Drawer is destined to become, don’t let it revert back to a dumping ground. And that leads me to my last step.

Step 6: Mind-set

Make a commitment to yourself and your house to only keep items that bring you joy or serve you and your family. Place items in already existing homes or create a new space for similar miscellaneous items and sleep peacefully knowing there’s nothing lurking in your drawer.

Good luck Junk Drawer warriors!


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