It is the last week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop and I hope you have had as much fun as I have!
This week we are supposed to talk about dealing with tools and rulers but wait, I sort of already did that back in the post about organizing! Oops!
Click here if you missed that post.
So, I thought I would show you what I did with that crazy “junk” drawer of mine. Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs showed us her junk drawer and had suggestions on how to clean it up. So I thought it would be fun for me to clean up my drawer and add a couple of more tips to her list.
Click here to see her post.
Here is my drawer. Oh my.
Truly hard to open. I had to stick my hand in the drawer to try to hold things down to open it all the way.
Ok. I was ready. I had my hot cup of coffee, set my timer for 30 minutes (Kris’ suggestion) and got to work. I dumped the drawer on the floor and started sorting items. Yikes!
All that was in the drawer? At least I found the organizer trays!
I think the first thing I had to decide, once I saw what I had, was what did I want to store in that drawer? Was it going to be neat but still a repository for things that had no other home? Or was it to have a storage theme?
Storage theme? What am I talking about? Well, my thread storage boxes store thread, my colored cardboard bins store templates and rulers, my fun little lunch box stores colored pencils and pens …. so they all have a theme of items. And knowing what types of things are stored where makes it easier for them to go back where they belong, right?
So what was this drawer supposed to store? Given the collection of items I found at the bottom of the drawer, I think my original theme was things that had no other home. And truly, I think that is going to be the new plan as well.
In going thru the mess on the floor, I first separated by type of item. Then I put things that had another home where they belonged; thread went into my thread bins, rulers went into the ruler and template boxes, pens and pencils were stored in the pencil bin or in my Minnie Mouse mug that I use for pens I want to have easily accessible.
I put the tray organizers back in the drawer and found homes for other groups of items. This drawer now stores my hand sewing needles, thimbles, extra sewing machine needles, extra pins, velcro, elastic and bias tape, and my funnels- perfect for filling pin cushions with the crushed walnut shells!
It feels really good to have spent the time to clean out the drawer. My additional tips to add to Kris’ great list are:
1: Organize items by type.
2. Just do 1 small spot at a time. Really it is not so overwhelming that way and it feels great to have one spot cleaned up. It will help to motivate you to do another spot another time.
3. Celebrate each small success. I had a second hot cup of coffee and a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Yum!
I will admit that it took longer than 30 minutes. Of course part of that was the pup. Halfway thru my itemizing, Kira decided she wanted to help and she made her own piles of my things that were on the floor.
And then she added her toys.
So we took a break and went for a walk.
Want to know there weirdest thing I found in the drawer? The screws that were in my leg when I had surgery on my knee years ago!
Two years after the initial surgery, I had surgery to remove the screws. And I still have the screws. They even moved across the country with me. Weirdo.
I truly appreciate all of you who have popped in each week to read my posts about my Creative Space. As a thank you for following along, first I am having a Back to School Sale!
For the next week, any order placed in my shop on the website will get 15% off. And that is on top of any items that are already on sale! Last day of the sale is Tuesday Aug 21.
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See you next week!
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