If You Want to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free, You Don't Need a Junk Drawer

If You Want to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free, You Don't Need a Junk Drawer

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Taryn Williford
Sep 25, 2018
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Keeping your home clean around the clock isn't the work of wizardly magic. It's just an exercise in focus. You have to commit to give every single thing at home a place where it belongs, even if that place is kind of a zoo.

That's why, if you want to keep your home clutter-free, you don't need a junk drawer... you need several.

Let's face it, not every object you own is easily categorized. Sure, towels belong in a linen closet and drinking glasses belong in a cupboard. But what about batteries? Or makeup samples? Or the USB cord you need to charge the Kindle you only really use a few times a year? (That one was a little personally specific.) The point is, we all have some things that feel a little bit like outcasts from the clique of home organization.

Those things still need an easily accessible home. A place in each room where things can go when they have no particular place to exist.

(Image credit: Liz Calka)

Today's Assignment:

Set up a junk bowl in one of your rooms.

The kitchen doesn't get to have a monopoly on junk drawers. There are just as many wandering objects in the bedroom, or bathroom, or living room—objects that are better off staying in those rooms. So today, I want you to identify the room or space in your home that feels the most like a small-clutter magnet and outfit that room with its own junk zone.

The junk zone might look a little different depending on what room it's in, but it will serve the same purpose a junk drawer does. It should be a small, confined container where things with no home can collect for a short or long while. You might try a junk bowl in the entryway for collar stays and stamps. Or a junk tray in the bedroom for safety pins and matches. Or a junk basket in the living room for small toys and magazines. Or a junk drawer (yep, you can stick to the drawer concept if you've got one to spare) in the bathroom for bobby pins and skincare samples. (Get the picture? Clutter knows no bounds, and it can and will take over any room that exhibits weakness.)

In the future, you can use your junk bowl—or tray or drawer—to help you swiftly clear clutter from the room. When you need to tidy up, anything without a home can go in that spot. And you'll know exactly where to look for that random thing you knew you ought to keep.

And don't forget:

Clear three things from your monster zone.

It's the final week! Leave a comment and let me know how things are going. Are you filling up those boxes from day one?

All month long, we invite you to share your progress here in the comments and on Instagram with the #septembersweep hashtag!

Check out all the assignments so far on the September Sweep 2018 Main Page.

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