Decluttering your home can be overwhelming if you look at the BIG picture. So don’t look at the big picture. Instead, start small. Focus your effort on a single drawer.
1. Target a drawer
Pick a drawer any drawer. This drawer looks like a good candidate.
Bathroom drawer (the before picture)
I call this drawer my cosmetic junk yard (yes, I’m sheepishly taking ownership of this mess).
2. Take everything out
This step is critical. Everything must go.
Keep removing stuff
Don’t be tempted to stop short. Remove everything from the drawer.
3. Clean the drawer
<imagine my empty drawer – I forgot to take a picture>
Now that everything is out, clean the drawer. You’re starting over. Imagine that you’ve just moved into your home.
- Remove things that should be somewhere else
- Throw away expired items and junk
- Make a pile of useful things you don’t use: the give-away pile
5. Group alike items
Next organize things into groups, rather like organizing Halloween candy after trick or treating. For example, I made a pile of my teeth products, my lotion products, my deodorants, and my travel sized stuff.
Misc freebies from my dentist
6. Put things in the drawer
But first, shut your eyes and imagine your drawer. How do you want your drawer to look? What do you need in your drawer? Once you know what you need and how you want it to look, open your eyes and make it happen.
When I shut my eyes, I imagined my bathroom drawer with the things I use daily. No duplicates or backup products.
My new drawer
Ah, much better. Everything I need is readily available.
Peace and order now reign where there was previously chaos. I open my bathroom drawer and smile.
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris