Today I cleaned out my kitchen junk drawer(s) which were overdue for a clear-out. I posted on this topic before – I could pretend it took me 5 years to get to this state again! The top drawer of my kitchen desk has always been used for small bits of hardware that I want close by. It’s also a catch-all for things that have no home.
Here’s today’s “before” picture:
I took a look at everything in there:
It contained stationery, hardware, electronics, cat toys, fasteners, keys and broken things. Here are a few details:
There were two gorilla key chains from my two Kipling bags, two fridge magnets which needed repair (keeping for sentimental reasons), one coin each from Ireland and Bermuda (I have not travelled to either place), a few enamel pins, a Pride cat sticker and some of my tangle of keys.
Here I have a door stop, pieces of a door lock assembly and a water tap, dots for covering nails and screws, picture hangers, Christmas ornament hangers, graphite for unsticking locks, and a “Roll Up the Rim to Win” slip announcing I won a doughnut.
This is 6 rolls of tape (two are robot-themed) and two non-functioning used iPhones (a 3 and a 5).
I made myself a list of the items I actually want to keep in the kitchen drawer:
- Pen and marker (paper is nearby, next to the phone – landline!)
- String (scissors are nearby with the kitchen utensils)
- 1 roll of tape
- Fasteners: elastic bands and twist ties (I don’t buy them but I save a few for re-use, from products I buy)
- Mini-glue gun and glue refills – I repair more things when I keep them in the kitchen
- Cat toys
Here is the “after” picture:
I added a box-cutter for slicing big cardboard boxes into smaller pieces before I recycle them. I don’t have any string right now for tying together bundles of cardboard, so I need to add some. The keys are spares for my house, a spare for my sister’s house, a key for the shed padlock, and a barcode for ordering a replacement chipped car key.
The other two drawers are in pretty good shape.
I found permanent new homes for a few things. I decided to put extra shoe laces in my sewing basket because they are related to clothes (?) Nails, screws, picture hangers and cable guides belong in the tool box. Christmas stuff made its way back to the Xmas bins. Notebooks, pens and pencils have a proper stationery drawer in my “office.” The cell phones can be donated/recycled. I fixed the fridge magnets! And I finally threw out all those keys which had belonged to old padlocks, bike locks, luggage locks, etc. which I no longer own. I am sure of that because I last cleaned out the drawer 5 years ago and I haven’t touched any of those keys since 🙂
This was a good mini-project for a rainy morning. I have two more mini-projects coming up, which I’ll share later. It has cleared up outside, so it’s time to trim more shrubs out in the yard!
Do you have any tidying and decluttering projects on the go?