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Junk Drawers – Organizing, Categorizing, and Separating

I finally found sometime this weekend to begin tackling my "junk drawers." I decided to do some research beyond the AWESOME comments that my other post left to find out just where to start.

I stumbled on Christine Kane's blog post about what your junk drawer can teach you about success. This post made me STOP FEELING GUILTY about my "junk areas." If you're not an organized person all the time (which is definitely me), then work with it. You need a place to just dump things. That's fine as long as it doesn't get out of control (aka clean it out every once in a while).

So with some motivation, I started with the step of removing everything and placing it in like piles (this suggestion came from April Welch and Life Organizers.com). I did this with two questions in my mind that professional organizer and friend Organized Home suggests:

  • How often do I use this?
  • Can I live with just one?

I ended up with:

  1. A pile for writing utensils (I have a lot of these…and no I cannot live with just one :) )

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    2.  A pile of office supplies

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    3.  A pile of cords/electronic stuff

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    4.  A pile of memorabilia

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    5.  A pile of scrapbooks

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    6. A pile of decorating stuff

    7.  A trash and a recycle pile (even though I cleaned it out before I moved, I still found things I just did not want to keep)

    8.  A random pile of things I needed (lightbulbs, screws, etc.) that did not seem to belong anywhere else

Basically my floor looked like this…

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I felt so accomplished. I went ahead and put all my decorating stuff out and around my apartment and decided to put my scrapbooks on a shelf in my living room so anyone can look at them.

So now all I have to do is decide how I am going to store these piles. I am headed out shopping next week (hopefully) so stay tuned!

Oh and if you need motivation try one of Organized Solutions 15 minute organizing tasks (including cleaning out that junk drawer)!

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