Throw Away 50 Things!Again.

You may remember last year around this time I presented you with a challenge. Throw away 50 things.

Any 50 things. Get rid of them. Chuck em. Throw them in the garbage, give them to a friend, feed them to your children. But get RID of 50 things.

Last year my 50 things came out of one drawer alone. My junk drawer. The drawer that has no real purpose other than getting smashed full of things I have nowhere else to put. You have that drawer. We all have that drawer. I can probably list 10 things that are in that drawer right now.

  1. Paper clips of some sort.
  2. Keys you’re saving even though you no longer have any idea what they’re for.
  3. Take out menus for restaurants you never use.
  4. Phone numbers written on scraps of paper.
  5. Cigarette lighters even though you quit smoking 15 years ago.
  6. Extra pens and pencils.
  7. Nail clippers.
  8. Old glasses.
  9. A calculator.
  10. Suppositories.

See?  Pretty bang on I imagine.

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Since I felt like I *just* cleaned out my junk drawer there was no  need to reattack that thing.  ‘Cause I just cleaned it out.  A year ago.  Which in junk drawer years is like … yesterday.  NO one cleans out their junk drawer more than once every 5 years or so.  Only weirdos and freak shows do it more.

I just did it.  It couldn’t possibly need doing again.

Just look at it!

 

drawer

 

 

It’s a thing of beauty.  Granted … that’s how it looked last year just moments after cleaning it out.

Here’s how it looked today.  And if we’re being perfectly honestly, it’s been this way since … probably about 10 minutes after its initial cleaning.

 

Drawer Before

 

It’s like a little junk drawer tornado lives in there, picking up junk from God knows where and dropping it into my drawer.  I blame junk drawer tornados on the ozone layer.

So clearly even though there were a million other things I could throw away for “Throw Away 50 Things Day”, I decided to organize the junk drawer again.

The original contents …

 

Drawer Contents

 

The pared down contents after removing FAR more than 50 things.  Some went straight in the garbage, some were dealt with (like the Starbucks iTunes cards), and some were pushed behind the cats’ dish so I could more easily ignore them.

 

Drawer Contents 2

 

What remained was put back in the drawer, plus a few extra things that didn’t fit because of my drawer’s expanding waistline.  Like that black memo book.  That’s my little black book, where I write down my post schedules.  Things like what posts going up on what day for the next week, what posts I have in mind for the future and little reminders about things I have to do.

Funny.  I know.  I use a notebook, not a computer.  I find it easier.

 

Final Drawer

 

January is the time to do this sort of thing.  Clean up. Throw out. Organize.  That’s why storage and organizing stuff is always on sale in January.  Need big Tupperware bins?  Now’s the time to buy them … they’ll be on sale just about everywhere.  That’s why I’m dedicating a few posts this month to cleaning up and getting organized.

Because once you do it you feel great.  Lighter.  Freer.  Fantasticer.   Plus it makes you feel smugly superior to everyone you run into for at least a week, so there’s that.

Now that I have you motivated I’d like you to do it too.  Throw away 50 things.  Do your junk drawer or old make up or your closet … or your whole house!  Just find any 50 things that need to be thrown away and chuck em!

If you send me pictures I’ll post the best ones next week.  I just need a before and after shot and I’ll do the rest. Last year I got quite an assortment and if I remember correctly we all found looking at other people’s junk FASCINATING.

Good luck and happy chucking.  If I’d changed the letters to “f” in two of the words in that sentence it would be a completely different sentiment.

Send your pictures to karen@theartofdoingstuff.com


69 Comments

  1. Linda J Howes says:

    Which junk drawer??? I have about 3 of them never mind any flat surface in my home! All week I have been working on my “junk table” and am almost complete. Wish I had taken a before pic of that.

  2. Cathy says:

    Remember when January was for “white sales”? Ok– here goes…. My junk drawer looks like the bomb squad was 10 min too late…. Hope nothing bites me….

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