Jump Start January: Declutter Week: Day 6

I’m decluttering the kitchen junk drawer today, and about time too! Half the stuff in it is useful, but the other half of it does nothing but get in the way.

There is so much crap in this drawer taking up space, but I’ve decided that I want to use it only for food prep items from now on. Here goes:

  • Decide exactly what you want to use the space for, then get everything out of the drawer
  • Wipe down the inside and the front of the drawer and allow to dry
  • Sort through the contents into ‘keep here’, ‘keep but put away somewhere else’, ‘bin/recycling’, ‘sell’ and ‘charity shop’
  • Be ruthless: if it’s broken, you never use it, or it serves no useful purpose, DON’T put it back in that drawer
  • Add dividers or other organisation if needed
  • Put your edited collection of stuff back into the drawer
  • Empty the bin and the recycling

The result is something hygenic and practical, which is all a kitchen drawer needs to be. I was secretly hoping that I’d find one or two gadgety things in there to eBay, but all I found was a broken laser pointer, a rusted bottle stopper and half-used bits of stationery. No sales there then.

If nothing else though, I’ve stopped The Beau trying to leave lint rollers next to the sandwich bags, and shoe brushes next to the cling film. I consider this to be excellent progress. No Beaus were hurt in the making of this more hygenic scenario.

What’s the weirdest bit of rubbish you’ve found in a kitchen junk drawer? 

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  1. Eek – this is one job i dread, but I know needs to be done. Our kitchen junk drawer has tea-lights, batteries, string, scissors, bag clips, bin bags, matches, manuals for kitchen equipment and possibly one or two other bits. All useful stuff that’s probably good to have in one place for emergencies, but all in such a state I wouldn’t want to be looking for anything in a hurry.

    However, inspired by JSJan I’m going to give it a shot this weekend… wish me luck!

  2. You’ll be amazed what you find in there! Good luck, and hopefully it will only take you a few minutes to get the whole lot sorted out.

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