Whoosh. Did you hear that? That was the week flying by. How did that happen? One minute, it was Monday, announcing this week’s hotspot. Then I blinked and it was Thursday evening.
Drawers, countertops, and closets…. Why are these places such clutter magnets? My theory is that a lot of the things that end up here don’t really have true homes. We’re not sure where to put this mirror, so…. here. I’ll just put it here.
Not saying there’s anything wrong with a junk drawer. I think we just need to limit those drawers so that we have space available for things that truly do need a home. Like coats. And markers. And cutting boards for slicing and dicing dinner.
But these places are also a lot of fun to declutter, I find. A finite space to empty and refill with good stuff, tossing the leftovers. Here’s that sort of work I did this week.
We call this blue dresser in our dining room the “craft cabinet,” I suppose because we used to have an actual cabinet in our home overseas. Now, no matter where we house our papers, pens, and googly eyes, it’s a cabinet.
The first photo above is the most-used drawer; it serves as our kids’ marker, pen, pencil, and crayon collection. It used to be organized. Not lately.
Kyle popped in a movie one night and had an absolute ball testing them all out.
Now they’re useful, useable, and easy to find.
Not bad, but it was a random hodge-podge of coloring books, stickers, and a few craft supplies.
Now the drawer is just spiral notebooks and coloring books.
This drawer housed our random collection of scrap paper that the kids were free to use whenever. Over time, they crammed other craft supplies here, too.
I tossed a good chunk of unusable paper in the recycling bin, put the plain white paper in a paper box top, and the rest of the paper to the right. Nothing fancy, but now the kids can find it.
Normally I store the kids’ drawings I want to keep in well-organized storage boxes, but I haven’t done much with them here in our temporary home. Naturally, this means they’ve been tossed into this drawer, along with a few other craft supplies.
I culled through the collection, kept what I wanted, and had plenty of room to house supplies for future craft ideas.
Again, another catch-all for coloring books and stickers. (On a side note, anyone else remember Music Machine?)
I corralled the stickers, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, and other fun-but-tends-to-multiply supplies into separate containers, and now they fit well.
Yep, the. We have one closet here. And honestly, it’s no problem, because we only had one overseas as well. We can fit our coats no problem, but our snow gear has been tossed in the closet’s floor all winter. Man, that stuff breeds on its own.
Ah. That’s better.
I love these cheap Ikea bags because they’re huge and they’re easy to grab and go. We often store picnic or sledding supplies in these bags, and then toss them in the car when we’re ready for an outing.
Now it’s your turn!
You’re welcome to focus on this hotspot at any time, of course, but if you’d like to be entered to win this week’s giveaway, you have until Saturday (tomorrow) at 11:59 p.m. PST to submit your before-and-after photos.
You absolutely don’t need to do as many photos as I have here—a simple before shot of a hotspot, followed by its after, is great.
One participant this week will win a NeatDesk! Yep, you heard me right—a desktop scanner that batch processes a ton of documents. It can handle tiny receipts and your tax statements all at once, and then its software knows how to extract all the right information.
It’ll spit out expense reports, PDF documents, contracts, and tax records, and it’s all searchable. Then, you can export it into Excel, Turbo Tax, and more. Nifty, no?
We’ve been using it to digitize our mortgage papers during our house-buying process. And I’m really excited to tackle the rest of our files! I really detest paper clutter, so this NeatDesk will help me get it out of my life. Eliminating paper frees up our living space and our mental stress.
I’m thrilled to give this to one of you! Simply share your before and after pics from your work in this week’s Project Simplify, and you’ll be entered to win.
Head here to share your photos and to see everyone else’s!
What did you get done this week?