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Tame Your Junk Drawer

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Now is a good time to clean up and cull through your clutter. Cleaning out a big storage drawer is usually something to put off till tomorrow, unless you have a system that’s somewhat fun. Here’s what to do…

To organize a drawer in the most efficient manner, have a plastic trash bag and three shoe boxes (or larger boxes, depending on the size of your drawer) at your side. Now you’re ready to dig in.

• Put anything you want to throw away in the trash bag.

• Place anything you want to store elsewhere into the first box.

• Stash anything worth giving to charity in the second box.

• Save any candidates for a garage sale in the third box.

Now keep everything that’s left in the drawer—hopefully it’s hardly anything at all! Oh, and if you have a few items that fall under the “I-don’t-know” category, we find this phrase quite helpful: When in doubt, throw it out! Plan your trips to the dump, the storage facility and your favorite charity. And start designing your garage sale signs for the spring.

Motivation to declutter: Think of cleaning out drawers or closets as going shopping. How often have you found something while cleaning out a storage space and happily said, So that’s where I put that!

Thanks to Baking Soda, Banana Peels, Baby Oil…and Beyond (Reader’s Digest and Bottom Line Books) for help with this tip. (To purchase Baking Soda, Banana Peels, Baby Oil…and Beyond, call Bottom Line Books customer service at 800-678-5835.)

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic. They are authors of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips Date: June 30, 2011 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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