Spring Organizing Challenge: Day 7

Today's challenge has to do with those elusive junk drawers. We all have them, some may have more than others. They are the drawer where things get thrown when you don't know where something goes. But what if you took the time to empty those drawers out and find a place for everything?  The biggest problem is that junk drawers are just that, filled with junk. Take the time and follow the steps that I have below and you will have your junk drawers filled with junk no longer.

1.  Dump out the whole drawer on a flat surface. Vacuum and wipe out the drawer.

2. Throw away anything that’s broken or has no imediate use.

3. Weed out anything that belongs elsewhere – like pony tail holders that actually go in the bathroom drawer – and put in separate pile.

4. Group like items together. For instance, put pencils in one pile; glue and tape in another.

At this point, you need to assess whether you really need 17 pens and 54 pencils or seven rolls of scotch tape. Remember the 80/20 rule, which says most people use 20 percent of their items 80 percent of the time. So before hanging onto something, ask:

•Does it work?

•Can I replace it cheaply if I decide to toss it?

•When was the last time I used it?

•Does it take up a lot of room?

•Have I kept this orphan battery cover for three years even though I’ll probably never figure out where it really belongs?

Remember that if throwing out items makes you cringe, consider donating spare office supplies to churches, schools, daycares or shelters.

5. Place items back in drawer. If you don’t have a drawer organizer, now is the time to get one. Do not buy organizational products before you organize, every drawer is different, and no divider is perfect for everyone.

To find the right product, assess how many piles you've created. Do you have lots of little items that might need mini-containers? Do you have over-sized items that wouldn't fit in a standard-sized divider? Also keep in mind how much space the different categories of items will take, which items should be more conveniently located, and what the overall dimensions are for the drawer itself.

So how many junk drawers do you have? Want to read some more tips on junk drawers, you can find them here or here where a client of mine was interviewed on her junk drawer organizing experience.

Wondering what this challenge is all about? Here are the details:

Before you can tackle your Spring Cleaning you must first get your Spring Flinging done, or as I like to call it “Spring Green Fling”, because I want you to be green as you are getting rid of the items that no longer are going to be in your home. I am going to challenge my readers and followers on facebook to join me as we get organized before we start our Spring Cleaning. This challenge will last 10 days and will close at midnight CST on March 30, 2011. I even have a prize at the end of the challenge. The winner will receive one hour of my organizing services. Don’t live by me, no worries as we can chat on the phone or via Skype or even do your organizing through email.

To be entered in the challenge you need to post a comment on my blog or post a comment on my facebook page. Each comment you get one point. Each point will enter you in the drawing for the free organizing hour. Invite your friends and family to join and tell me you invited them and you will get 2 points! For example if you get 50 points, you get 50 chances to win!

Remember to share with your friends and family, as you know if you send this to your mother she will spam all her friends with this…..go ahead, they wont mind!

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at www.ididit-fargo.com . Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@ididit-fargo.com. For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

If you try any of my suggestions, I would love to hear from you. It helps me to understand what my readers want me to write about and what they think is a waste of their time….thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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