4 Steps to Simplify Clutter
As I mentioned in my last post, when you think about tackling a whole room it can be overwhelming. The reason you haven't done anything about it is because it is easier to do nothing. So let's start with your first drawer to get things moving. Everyone has a junk drawer that needs a good cleaning out. I'm using my desk drawer at work for an example. Obviously, your lifestyle, job and/or family will affect what is in the drawer and what you use on a regular basis.
No matter the drawer or situation, keep these ideas in mind.
1>> Get a drawer divider to help keep order. There are tons of different kinds of dividers that you can buy or make. Check out my Pinterest board with specific ideas. Just make sure to measure your drawer before you go to the store and buy anything so you know the divider will fit both horizontally and vertically. It might be good to visualize what you will put in the drawer in the end so you have a good idea of how many sections you will need.
2>> You need to be able to see everything in the drawer at first glance. If you have to dig, there's too much stuff in there. This is also why I am a little nervous about deep drawers, because we tend to overfill them and things get chaotic really quickly.
Just for fun I decided to draw my drawer as a visual. The brown edging you see as vertical and horizontal lines is a wood tray divider I got at IKEA. I'm having a hard time finding the exact one online now, since I bought it awhile ago, but here is something similar at Target. Check the kitchen area or the storage and organization area within most stores or websites. You can use anything that divides the space the way you need (even if it is DIY/homemade).
3>> Keep like items together. (From top to bottom, left to right) Pens in one slot, markers and highlighters in another with my scissors. The third and fourth vertical slots are for personal hygiene type things: lotion, ibuprofen, hair binder, eye drops, hand salve, mini deodorant, nail clipper, lipstick, Tazo tea and FitBit charger. Horizontal slots are for business cards, receipts, many different sizes and colors of Post-It notes, a silver bead chain for my badge to clip on the days I wear a dress, a few paperclips and a change purse to keep coins wrangled. Those are the contents of my desk.
4>> Keep it where you use it. I only have the things that I use almost every day in my work desk drawer. Remember that you don't have to throw everything away, but you should find a spot that makes sense to you for each item.
Congratulations! You've just created your first system. To keep your system working for the future, you need to remember to put things back so they are right where you need them for next time. Use these ideas to organize your first drawer. I'd love to read your comments on how it worked for you.