Wow, week 51 of this declutter challenge – your homes must be feeling fabulous and so should you from all of your great work. Decluttering and organising your home is an investment in yourself and your family that keeps paying dividends every day.
You are such an expert now that this week’s challenge will probably be a quick one for you because you have such clarity now on how your home needs to function and this will help you making speedy decisions and taking the action required to implement them.
It’s time to attack that drawer…you know the one….the dreaded junk drawer! Pull it out and empty the contents onto a table or the kitchen bench and start sorting like-with-like.
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
Once you have consolidated everything you can start to make decisions. This category can be full of items that may “come in handy one day” or that have a clear function, but maybe not a purpose right this minute. That can make it more challenging for some in making decisions about whether they stay or go.
Junk drawers often contain multiples of things – things that may not have a home or that we are keeping “just in case”. So ask yourself, how many x’s or y’s do I really need? Do I really need 51 plastic cutlery packs from KFC? Or 326 rubber bands which were around the bunch of asparagus?
If you need some further assistance to make decisions though, revisit the criteria you created during Week 1 of our challenge to assist you in making decisions about small appliances and give yourself a limit. If you are new to the challenge, you can see our Week 1 post here.
To help you further, consider these things:
- What’s your limit – either a number or a physical storage space (e.g. one shelf).
- You are now very aware of the contents of your home, how you and your family function in your home and how much space you have available. How do these items fit with the functionality of your home?
Put everything aside that no longer has a useful purpose or home in your kitchen.
What do I do with the keepers?
They definitely all need homes, and ones that minimise the chance for damage and enable them to be accessed easily and safely when they are needed. You also need to work within the physical limits of your allocated storage space. If you can’t fit everything, you need to go back and review and make some further decisions. We don’t want anything homeless or of no use in our homes!
All of this doesn’t mean you can’t have a junk drawer ever again. A junk drawer can certainly be a useful addition to any home, as long as it has a structure and the contents have a use for you and you can access things when you need them.
Consider installing a cutlery tray or some small containers in the drawer to separate items so they can be seen and accessed easily. This also helps with setting a physical limit too.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If the items are broken or no longer functional they are just taking up valuable space in your home and need to go in the bin (recycling whatever you can of course!).
If they are still in good condition but no longer have a purpose in your home, you can also consider some of these sell/swap and donation options.
- Sell or Swap:
- Swap with your friends or family.
- Facebook Marketplace or any of the myriad of Buy/Swap/Sell groups
- Garage Sale
- Donate/Gift options:
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