Monday, October 3, 2022

Painless Spring Cleaning – Day 6

Welcome back to your Painless Spring-Cleaning Party!  We are going to use the 15-minute blitz to conquer several areas of your kitchen this week.  I can’t wait!

Today we are going to conquer a common area of the kitchen – THE JUNK DRAWER.   It’s convenient to have a drawer just to “stick things in” when you’re in a hurry or don’t have a place for it or frankly just don’t want to deal with something at that time.  In the past, I have had a toaster owner’s manual, birthday candles, packets of duck sauce, a hammer, pens, nail polish, a diaper, dish towels, bouncy balls — you name it.  I would imagine that you may have a similar drawer.  Today, we blitz it!

So, here’s the goals for today:  Purge and Toss.

Step 1: Take everything out of your junk drawer.

Step 2:  Throw away anything that is no longer in use or is obviously trash.  This step includes throwing away ketchup packets of unknown age, pens with no cap, pens that have dried up, pencils that are shorter than half their original length, and anything that you KNOW you are not going to use.  But don’t use that last part as a license to keep things that need to get thrown out.  You can buy more duct tape, birthday candles, etc.

Step 3:  Either vac out or wipe out your drawer.  Start all the way in the back and move forward.  Go ahead and make it as clean as possible, because it may be 6 months before you purge this drawer again.

Step 4:  Group similar things together.  This is super important for tomorrow when you buy some organizers for your drawer.  You’ll need to know about what size you need and how many.

Step 5:  FOR NOW, put everything back in the drawer.  Tomorrow, your blitz is going to be buying organizing bins and putting them in the drawer with your stuff in them.

Well, if that wasn’t easy peasy lemon squeezy, then I don’t know what is.  Good job and see you tomorrow!

Terri Brown
Beautiful, creative, organized, people-lover – I am two or three of those things every day. I am also the mother of three adult children I am very proud of, and would love to have a Corgi one day. I love to help people by bringing order to chaos, show hospitality through food and planning events, and I’m learning calligraphy and hand lettering. Other favorites include cheesy cheese pizza, re-purposing home décor, using the crevice tool on my vacuum cleaner, and talking to people wherever I go.