Even the most organized people, myself included, have a catch all drawer filled with random stuff that assumes an unruly life of its own.
When I downsized out of a 4000 sf house two years ago, I swore up and down that I would never again let things just accumulate. I would make real-time decisions and keep only what I needed or wanted. Easier said than done. I must confess, there are several drawers in my current home that are in a state of embarrassing clutter.
Clutter is my Kryptonite, it diminishes my executive function superpowers by taking up valuable bandwidth and slowing me down. Why then, have I let my bathroom drawer -the very drawer I go into first thing in the morning to grab a hair clip before I wash my face – become a toxic miasma of random unrelated stuff? I don’t even know when or how it got this way, it just did, and that’s on me.
In said catch all drawer were several items that had no business being there: old band-aids, expired Mucinex (2009!) and, a jewelry making tool I’ve used to repair my husband’s braces. Taking everything out, tossing the useless, sorting and pairing like items, I literally removed blockage, physical and mental, that was cluttering my space every morning.
Ten minutes is all it takes to clean and organize a catch all drawer, and it feels fantastic. The very act of tidying, and putting things where they belong, is super freeing and creates a sense of harmony. There is a huge psychological benefit to keeping the spaces we inhabit orderly and filled with useful, beautiful and sentimental things – tidy space, tidy mind. I challenge you to clean one drawer today, and harness the magic of imposing order on even the smallest of your spaces.