|My vanity junk drawer|
Principles of Organization
- Vision: What do you want to see in the drawer? Hair brushes, stationery, etc.
- Function: What kind of drawer is it? Is it a bathroom vanity drawer, a coffee table drawer, a kitchen drawer?
- Zones: Like things with like. Personal belongings, for instance, live in a person's bedroom. Rubber bands are office supplies & should be stored in the study or office. Hair clips go in the vanity /bathroom area. Tools go in the garage or in the utility drawer.
- Limits: Put a limit on your supplies. If you have too many socks, jeans, shoes or envelopes, it's time to thin out your supply.
- Expiration: Get rid of anything that is expired. Hotel soaps from a year ago, use them or throw them away.
- Share: Let someone else enjoy your treasures.
Principles of Sorting
- Keep, Give, Throw Away: Before you start, set up boxes or bags for each.
- If in doubt, say no: It's okay to keep things that you like!
- Is this a personal memento that I can pass on? Reusables make wonderful, personalized gifts! Ticket stubs, old letters, blank postcards from vacations, unused Post-Its, labeled pencils, colored pens, hotel stationery..It's really fun to put together meaningful collections of personal items.
- Create a new space: Move stuff from drawers to clear plastic bins on shelves.
- Stop Hiding: Treat yourself to inexpensive new storage containers & put regularly used items up top, on display and in sight. Small baskets & plastic containers give any surface a clean, uncluttered look.
Get Real About Time
- 2-Hour Rule: Give yourself 2 hours to finish a drawer. Work quickly, turn the ringer down on the phone, and close the door to the computer room.
- Schedule a reward at the end of your project! Plan work times before logical quitting times. Then, do something nice for yourself, e.g. a relaxing happy hour, a movie, or a cozy bubble bath.
1...2...3...Find a drawer & get started!