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Three Tips for Clearing that Junk Drawer- Really!


Everyone has one; the infamous junk drawer.  Make this drawer work for you with these simple tips:

Purpose
Every space needs to have a purpose, the junk drawer is no different.  Take a step back.  Where is the drawer?  Kitchen, garage, office?  The location often gives a clue as to how you can tackle it.

Start with a clean slate
Empty the drawer out and take inventory.  What the heck was in there?  You will likely discover most of the contents were trulyjunk.  Discard the junk, all of it.
Next, think about the location.  What do you do there?  Keep items that serve a purpose in the room you are in.  You don't need garden shears in the bathroom but you will need a stapler in the office.  Edit your contents to serve a purpose in the room.  If you are in a mudroom keep utilitarian items handy; tiny flashlight, pen or sharpie, band-aid etc.  These are the items you are sometimes desperate for as you stumble in from outside.  Every room serves a purpose and your junk drawer should reflect that purpose.

Keep it tidy
I am a big proponent of drawer inserts and organizers.  These handy gadgets prevent you from stuffing drawers beyond capacity.  Pick one up that fits your drawer and keep only what the insert will contain; nothing more.  If you have a surplus of items it means they belong elsewhere.  Keeping your drawer at capacity but not beyond will let the contents serve your needs whenever they arise.  This will turn any junk drawer into problem solver instead of a problem itself

Three Secrets to Following Through on Your Next Challenge

If you’re anything like me (or at least a-few-years-ago me), you’ll read something with brilliant strategies for clearing clutter (or making more money, or generating more business, or getting your kid’s lunches together in half the time) and you’ll feel a surge of excitement, ear mark or clip out the piece, maybe even post about it, and then… somehow.. you don’t quite make it happen. It’s not that you don’t have the very best of intentions. Maybe you even put it on your to-do list for the next day. Maybe you even try one thing you read one time, but can’t quite seem to get follow-through. Why? Because you’re human! We gravitate towards the familiar, even when the familiar is no longer working for us. (Hence part of the reason those NYE resolutions may be out the window by the 3rd.)

Here are three SECRETS to seeing simple long-standing challenges through to completion.

·      Get out a piece of paper, and break it down into baby steps. And once you think you have your baby steps, break it down some more. Each item on your list should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. And spend no more than ten minutes on this task either. Plan a small reward to offer yourself when you complete every item on the list.

·      Mark down a specific time ten minute block on your calendar every day this week to tackle one item from that list. Then DO IT. (a big part of this process is training your brain that you can and will follow-through.)

·      Reward yourself when the task is complete!

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