The first drawer (and other two!) are organized. I haven't *quite* finished taking care of the stuff that came out of the drawers, but I am very, very close.
I did turn the first drawer into my launchpad drawer. But then I turned the 2nd drawer into Joe's launchpad and the 3rd drawer belongs to Liliana and Louie. Louie actually has more!
This week was trying with clearing out the clutter and I can already see that I'll need to clean out the closet in Lily's room because that's where I stuffed "stuff". In some ways, I delayed throwing some things out but I will get to it or the hope is, I'll use it. Things like tissue paper, ribbon and tape. Christmas is just around the corner...
Which means...that basically everything that was in the drawer has to find a new home. This put a kink in this week's task because almost everything I took out of the drawer cannot go back in it!
I am not finished...but I still have 4 days left to finish this task. It's safe to say, it got worse before its going to get better!
We have a dresser in our entryway - it's long and has 3 small drawers on top with rows of larger drawers underneath. It works well as our entryway table, but it has become a clutter monster.
So, this week's decluttering technique focuses on cleaning out one drawer. This is from Zen Habits.
Pull everything out of a drawer. Just take the drawer out and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out nice, then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with the other piles immediately!
This is harder than it seems! Firstly, I have to figure out what belongs in these drawers. Secondly, I have to pick which drawer is feasible to declutter and then I have to actually do it.
So today's task is to figure out what the drawers are for. That will go a long way toward figuring out the clutter inside of them!
What do you use your entryway storage boxes/drawers/cabinets for?
We had friends over on Saturday and we were talking about how difficult it is to declutter. Megan (who btw, was my mentor in undergrad at Michigan!) looked at my kitchen and asked me why I had 4 brushes to do the same cleaning job...so, we threw one out. The little one is in the trash - it was used to clean a turkey baster and that was its only function. I think it even came with the $4 turkey baster. Now, I have one less brush!
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That takes care of the mini-missions for this week. I'm not TOTALLY done, but am on my way. I also got rid of a bunch of spoons we had for Liliana when she was eating baby food and a sippy cup we weren't in love with and she couldn't figure out how to use. I'm recycling ice-cube tongs to Lily's play kitchen for her to play with (that counts, right?). So, really I'm ahead of this week's mini-missions - feels good!
Now on to recycling something - I thought for a long time. There are places in need of things that we have, but I'm not quite ready to part with them. I do, however, have an extra toner drum for a Samsung 2500 series printer. I already got rid of the printer awhile ago, but for some reason hung onto the printer toner. I just posted the toner on the neighborhood parent board to see if anyone can get any use out of the brand new toner drum - otherwise, I'll bring it somewhere to recycle. The toner makes sense this week to recycle, but I have a feeling if I had to do this task next week again, I'd have a hard time finding something else to recycle!
What do you have to recycle or to throw away?
I've been thinking about decluttering for a long time, but don't ever do it. I'm not very good at it. I wouldn't call myself a pack rat - maybe a collector? :)
I remember where I've bought things, my actual thought process and search process for owning most of the things I do - so when it comes to getting rid of things, it's like letting go of whole memories. But, I think it will be helpful to pass things along especially since I've realized that having "stuff" is actually stressing me out.
I'm going to follow "365 Less Things" suggestions for this week and use this to help declutter. This is the schedule for the week:
Monday – Give something away to a friend, family member or work colleague.
Tuesday – Put something into the recycling bin.
Wednesday – Throw something, that is beyond useful to anyone, into the trash.
Thursday – Put something aside to donate to charity.
Friday – Put something out on the street, in your apartment foyer or in the staff room at work with a FREE sign on it. It is always fun to see how quickly this method works.
Saturday - Sell something by any method appropriate for you. On-line, to a friend, family member or work colleague, through an auction house, consignment store, local notice board, garage sale, flea market or any method possible.
Sunday - Sunday is reserved for contemplating one particular item, of your choice that is proving difficult for you to declutter. Whether that be for sentimental reasons, practical reasons, because the task is laborious or simply unpleasant, or because the items removal requires the cooperation of another person. That last category may mean that the item belongs to someone else who has to give their approval, it could also mean there is a joint decision to be made or it could mean that the task of removing it requires assistance from someone else. There is no need to act on this contemplation immediately, it is more about formulating a plan to act upon or simply making a decision one way or another.
UPDATE: The shower curtain has been claimed. Thanks all for reading :)
It's Tuesday, I realize but I'm going to backtrack and do Monday's task.
We have an extra reversible shower curtain that we are not going to use, but it shouldn't just get thrown out. It is in excellent condition - I just got an itch and swapped it out for a different one. I originally bought it last year when we moved to Jersey City and was excited to decorate my very own bathroom for the first time since Joe and I have been married. Now Joe and I are back to sharing a bathroom in Brooklyn, so we don't need the extra shower curtain.
72x72 reversible water resistant and mildew resistant shower curtain
Side 1: blue and white stripes
Side 2: blue twigs/floral design
It looks like this:
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This week's decluttering schedule
No more weekly missions! Instead, tidying-up.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
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