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Starting Small - Let's Tackle a Drawer

As a busy 30-something working mom, maintaining an organized home can feel like a never-ending challenge. One area that often requires attention is the dreaded drawers, where chaos and clutter can quickly accumulate. While some techniques require days or weeks of commitment, I prefer to find the small wins. So - pick a drawer! It doesn't need to be your "junk drawer" or a big project, pick anything. The most important thing here is just to start.

In this post, we'll dive into a step-by-step process to help you conquer the task of organizing drawers effectively. From cleaning out and choosing the right organizers to securing them in place, we'll cover it all.

Step 1: Cleaning Out the Drawers The first step in organizing any drawer is to clear out its contents entirely. Start by emptying the drawer completely, removing all items and placing them on a clean surface. Take this opportunity to assess each item and decide whether to keep, donate, or discard it. As you empty the drawer, use a vacuum or a handheld brush to thoroughly clean out any dust, crumbs, or debris that might have accumulated over time. I've learned that it's best to vacuum first, then use a wet rag to wipe it out. This will provide a fresh canvas for your newly organized drawer.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Drawer Organizers Now that your drawers are empty and clean, it's time to select the perfect organizers to maximize their functionality. Consider the types of items you'll be storing in each drawer and choose organizers that fit your specific needs. There is a wide variety of options available, such as adjustable dividers, trays, bins, and even custom-made inserts. Opt for organizers that are durable, easy to clean, and suit the dimensions of your drawers. This will ensure a seamless and customized organization system. Measure everything so that you ensure the items you hope to store will fit in the organizers and more importantly ensure that the organizers fit in your drawers.

Step 3: Locking the Organizers into Place with Museum Gel To prevent your organizers from sliding around every time you open and close the drawers, securing them in place is crucial. One handy trick is to use museum gel, a versatile adhesive product commonly used to keep items in place in museums and galleries. Apply small dots of museum gel to the bottom of your organizers and press them firmly into the drawer. This simple step will keep everything neatly in position, even if you accidentally slam the drawer shut or quickly retrieve items.

Congratulations! You started - and hopefully you transformed one chaotic drawer into a functional and efficient space. Maintaining this organizational system will become easier, saving you time and reducing stress in your day-to-day life.

Remember, organizing drawers is just the beginning of your journey towards a more organized home. Apply these principles to other areas of your house, such as closets, cabinets, and shelves, and experience the transformative power of organization. With a little dedication and consistency, you'll create an inviting and clutter-free environment that supports your busy life.

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