I am continuing to attack projects around my house this summer. You can read and see photos from all the projects so far here in the Summer Project Series.
Project #5 is Organizing A Junk Drawer. A small but annoying junk drawer in my kitchen. This drawer is right off the entrance from our garage. It tends to be a cluttered mess. You might have a drawer like this that drives you crazy.
I guess no kitchen should be without a space for a golf ball, a basketball pump and four tubes of hand lotion within easy reach. Any question why this drawer is annoying to me?
I organized this drawer using our Signature Organizing Method, END CLTR. You can use this method to end clutter in any space. Read more about this process here. Read more about END CLTR in our book, Seriously End Clutter Without Taking Yourself Too Seriously.
END CLTR is an acronym. Each letter takes you through the steps to get organized.
E is for EMPTY.
I emptied out the drawer by dumping it on the kitchen floor.
This was an opportunity to clean out dust and other gross stuff at the bottom of drawer.
My cat, Boomer joined me to oversee the project (or to lie down at any given moment in the middle of my project).
Next step is N for Name Piles.
I began sorting the items together in piles with like items. I named the piles as I went to prevent confusion between piles.
This was helpful to get an overview of the items that had accumulated in the drawer. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to live in this drawer. It is in a convenient location on the end of a cabinet near the entry to and from the garage. I wanted to use the space efficiently.
Some examples of piles were, Keys, Coins, Elsewhere, Garage, Coupons, Lotion…
Then D is for Decide. Decide what will go back in the drawer to live there. Keys-yes, Boomer-no. It seemed logical to make this drawer useful for keys and coins for sure.
Once I decided what would live in the drawer I could move on to the next step.
C is for Container or Containerize.
Before using END CLTR, I would mistakenly gather my containers before I actually knew what I needed to contain. Now I make sure I know exactly what I need to contain before gathering the containers. I am using the two wire mesh containers that were previously in the drawer and added two small square containers I already had.
Next I put items in the containers and LABELED the containers. L is for LABEL.
After I put all items in the drawer and labeled them, I put away the other piles of items that would not be living in that drawer.
I put the coupons in my Action File in my kitchen.
Learn how to make an Action File here. If you don’t have one, make one today!!
Some cough drops and Cold-Eeze went into my medicine bin, etc.
The last steps include T for Test. My family and I will use the new drawer and test it out for at least 3 weeks.
Lastly, R is for Revisit. Maybe I will discover there are other items I would rather store in this drawer after we test out the space. Revisiting also includes maintaining the space by clearing out items that don’t belong.
Here is the finished drawer.
Coins, keys, Post Its, and pens, pencils, erasers, and a scissors will live in this drawer.
I am glad to check this small, annoying project off my list of things I have been meaning to do. What project have you been attacking this summer? We would love to see photos! Send us an email. Post on our Facebook page. Link up below!
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