Small Project Organizing: The Junk Drawer

Photo of an organized drawerFirst, I would like to thank all of you who took the time to take last month’s poll “What Organizing Topics Are on Your Mind?” The clear winner was “Small Organizing Projects I Can Do Myself.” Toward that end, I would like to present to you the subject of the junk drawer.

By its very definition, the junk drawer is a catchall for anything that does not have a home. Anything could be in it…batteries, old coupons, bottles of hand lotion, gift cards, loose change, mementos, pens, paperclips, keys, business cards…anything! But, we want to easily locate what we need, right?

Let’s break down the process into steps: Continue reading Small Project Organizing: The Junk Drawer

Celebrate Small Organizing Steps

Organizing a little bit betterSeveral years ago, my brother and his wife adopted a rescue dog. This dog had a carefree attitude, and did not seem to really notice that he now had a home, instead of living in a shelter. It was as if the dog was saying, “Hey, this is a little bit better!”

Since then, this phrase has become a motto in our household. Regular readers of the Maur Organized Newsletter will know that I strongly believe in small projects. Each time I complete a small project, I proclaim, “Hey, this is a little bit better!”

Now, let’s apply this to organizing. Organizing is a process, not a destination. Continue reading Celebrate Small Organizing Steps

Organizing your medicine cabinet

Photo of medications
Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

Here is a project that is difficult to bring up to the top of our priority list – the medicine cabinet.  It’s not fun and you don’t get to purchase pretty dividers to finish off the project.  But, it can be satisfying just to create more space and certainly make it easier to find what you need when you get a cold or the flu.

Start by emptying your space.  As you do, sort into these categories:  keep, toss in regular trash, recycle, and things to take to a medication drop-off site.

Continue reading Organizing your medicine cabinet