Dangerous space...the junk drawer!

 
From this...

From this...

....to this!

....to this!

 

Everyone has that drawer where we toss things quickly because we don't have a space for it. A drawer that seems to be a bottomless pit of "things" that we'd need one day or just can't throw out.... things like endless pens, old batteries, sandwich bag ties, take out menus, power cords, ear buds, etc...

This drawer is often located in the kitchen. Families come home from a busy day and we head to the kitchen, throw our stuff on the counter and grab some food. The mail collects in a huge pile in one corner, which usually falls over before we have time to sort through it. Books and school supplies spill out everywhere as the kids rush to get their homework done. And the parents' phones, tablets, cords and keys are left on the other counter to be claimed later on.

After going through this cycle most nights of the week, the last thing anyone wants to do is organize the random items left behind on those kitchen counters. Our weekends were not meant to be about finding homes for all these things. Our weekends were not meant to be controlled by the unsightly mounds of random stuff. So we succumb to this mess and shove it in the closest drawer...

This drawer can be a dangerous space...a space to be pricked by pins and poked bypencils. This space can be a source of frustration and lack of order. This bottomless pit that has everything, but nothing when we actually need it.

So how do we fix this? How do we take back this drawer and make it a useful space? How do we conquer this space before it conquers us? Well....I have 4 ideas:

Ideas for a CLUTTER FREE Drawer:

  1. Empty everything out of the drawer...if you haven't used it in the last 6 months, throw it out! WHO NEEDS 50 PENS (most of which don't work) or batteries that expired 10 years ago. When your smoke detector is beeping and you need a new battery NOW!!!, you'll be lucky if that expired battery is your saving grace.
  2. Pick a color/style scheme for your drawer. Use bins and drawer dividers to section the space into several compartments and use 2 sided tape to hold them in place.
  3. On your counter, organize all the items into piles and like items. Why would you put zip lock bags in the same spot as your ear buds? Do ear buds somehow work with food? Think about how you want the space to feel and function. Make it easy to find like items.
  4. Commit to keeping your space organized. Once you see that everything has a home, make sure they keep their homes. It is so calming when you can open that drawer and not feel like you'll be attacked by whatever is waiting to pop out at you....

We, at Rediscovered Moments Concierge, also understand that sometimes these "Dangerous Spaces" are too overwhelming to fix. Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to take that stressful, unorganized spot and turn it into a place of order and beauty. Whether it is the junk drawer, a closet, the pantry or laundry room, we have a team that is happy to help you take those "Dangerous Spaces" and style them into functional and gorgeous areas that you'll be proud to share.


Written by: Kimberly Lapointe
Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

 

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.