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Simple Ways To Minimise Your Junk Drawer

We all need a place to store the bits and pieces in our lives which have no specific home. I am talking batteries, tea-lights, pens and pencils and so on.

For many people, this is a junk drawer or two in the living room, kitchen or entrance hall. For others, it could be a box, cupboard or shelf. It’s the place where to go to when you need to store that item you just don’t know where to place.

I used to have a few junk drawers, however now I am down to one. I don’t believe in the need to have no junk drawers, I think they all play an important role in our busy lives. What I do think is that we need to maintain them and be honest about their contents in order to keep them as clutter and fuss free as possible.

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To keep my drawer as clutter free as possible I tend to give it a good dose of TLC at least once a month.

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How to declutter your junk drawer

I take the drawer, and turn it onto the coffee or kitchen table, and I get sorting. Often there are at least five things you can minimise instantly from your junk drawer to make it a little more inviting:

  1. Old pens and pencils, or an excess of both
  2. Used batteries
  3. Coins (especially foreign currency!)
  4. Stationary items such as post-it notes, tape and scissors
  5. Keys

If it’s old, used, you have duplicates or it’s a key that doesn’t fit a lock, it needs to go. Make sure you recycle it responsibly though!

I think you should go give your junk drawer, box, cupboard or hidden storage space ten minutes of decluttering love right now. I promise you’ll feel better for it.

I do this every month, and every month my drawer gets taken back down to the fuss free and manageable level of junk drawer that suits my minimalist way of living.

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