They say it takes a minimum of 30 days for something that you do to become a habit. I sure understand that! When I took on this endeavor to de-clutter the house I was “gun-ho!”. Now it seems that each day it is a little bit harder. Which is why, when I started, my goal was to clean-out one drawer/area of a closet/cabinet a day. I know that I can do that, and that it wouldn’t take me hours to complete. Unfortunately, like many things, I got so gun-ho about it, I started taking on more than one area a day (like yesterday – 4 very messy drawers? What was I thinking!!).
So, I am slowing my cleaning process down a bit, and getting myself back to addressing the mess in one area (drawer, cabinet, area of a closet) a day. This may end up taking me the full 365 days to get through the house and do a good job of de-cluttering, but slow and steady and I feel I will be certain to keep everything nice and neat going forward.
So, here is a (repeat) of the drawer that I am going to clean out today
Just looking at this picture I see some things I know I will be getting rid of (that aqua citrus juicer, for one), and some things that need to be put in their proper place (mixer whisks that belong in the mixer boxes with the appliance).
Here is the cleansed drawer
Well, I didn’t get to all 4 drawers. I had a feeling I “bit off more than I could chew” today. Realization of this was when I dropped one of the small drawers (empty, thank goodness!) and it broke into 5 pieces. What a MESS! Bottom, sides, front, back. UGH!! After some trial and error, and then settling down and giving it some appropriate thought, I found some small nails in the garage, got out the Elmers all purpose glue, and went about rebuilding the drawer, one piece at a time, leaving them so the glue would dry and adhere before moving on to the next piece. Whew! I thought I was going to have to make a trip to Home Depot or Lowes in search of a replacement!
Here are the two cleansed drawers I finished today
I didn’t get any dividers for these drawers (yet), but I did paint the bottoms; and put the non-skid drawer liner stuff in them so at least everything will stay in one place when the drawers are opened/closed.
I also got rid of quite a bit of old stuff that I had in these drawers that I don’t use. Some things were put into other drawers. I found more kitchen knives (besides the pairing knives in the drawer above), I only kept 3 of them, and put them in the silverware drawer, nice a neat. 🙂
Tomorrow I plan to tackle one of the larger drawers with the last one is “scheduled” for cleansing on Wednesday.
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I work with the stock market, and since it is closed today, I plan on spending my day decluttering a few kitchen drawers and starting (and hopefully finishing) several sewing projects for donations to our church’s support of pregnant women in need; after watching the president’s second inauguration.
But I digress – I apparently need a minimum of 4 drawers worth of kitchen gadgets, plus a separate counter-top vase full of wooden spoons, spatulas, and ladles…
I will qualify the 4 drawer minimum with the fact that 2 of the drawers are “small”; the same size as the pencil and junk drawer in the last two posts. I am wondering if I could renovate these two drawers – cut the divider piece in-between them and make it one BIG drawer – that would also add another 3 – 4″ of drawer space.
I also need to come up with a better organization plan for these drawers – a custom divider possibly, to keep like items together and stop all the stuff from sliding around in the drawer every time they are opened and closed.
Here are the before pictures:
This drawer contains mostly things for chopping, grating, slicing; along with therastats, and a few other miscellaneous gadgets
Primarily my “baking gadget” drawer, measuring spoons, cups, whisks, a pineapple cutter, potato masher, lemon/lime juicer, small sieve, several funnels, a large infuser ball are amont the items in this drawer. I really try hard to keep this one as organized as possible.
spatulas, pairing knives, peelers, hide in this drawer
Lots of miscellaneous gadgets in this drawer, an herb chopper, ice cream scoop and wooden potato masher (those were my grandmothers), pastry brushes, manual can openers, kitchen scissors and more…
Time to watch President Obama’s second inauguration, then back to cleansing these drawers – look for the update later today.
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I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, but I did do a bit of cleansing – The Pencil Drawer. Do you have one? You know, the drawer in your office, or in your kitchen where every writing utensil ends up. Cleaning out your purse and have a bunch of pens? Into the pencil drawer they go.
This is what mine looked like before yesterday
Well, there is a lot more than just pencils in there… what is that paintbrush doing in there?? And the ziploc bag? It is full of pens, and was one of my previous attempts at organizing this drawer. as you can see, apparently I have some sort of subconsious fetish for pens and pencils…
Here is an idea of how many pens and pencils were in that drawer
Here is a better look at all the other stuff that was in that drawer…. How in the world did I fit all this stuff in there, you ask? Well apparently it is some sort of magic drawer – you know, like those clown cars… It was like a bottomless drawer… Missing from this picture is 4 – 5 headsets from Continental as well.
This is how it looks now
I allowed myself 10 – 12 pens/pencils for this drawer and put them in the box, so they don’t roll all over the drawer. I am sure there will be a couple other things that end up in this drawer, but at least I will be keeping it organized and uncluttered.
As for that paintbrush, into the garage and into my paint supply box it went. Much of the other stuff from this drawer either ended up in the trash (old lipstick), in the bathroom vanity where it belongs (makeup I kept), in the donation pile (headsets), or in a box to be taken to the recycle location (electonic items).
I still have the box full of pens and pencils. Going to spend an evening checking them to see which of the pens still work, and then donate them to a worthy non-proft.
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