Yikes, the junk monster [drawer] – the most convenient place to hide little items. We all have them. They’re so friendly and helpful at times until there’s a rush to get out the door and then they bear their ugly monster teeth; biting fingers with office supplies, swallowing missing keys, and refusing to close without jamming. I swear they snarl.
I was tired of the stress our junk monster created, so I got rid of it and replaced it with a pretty little bowl that sits near our front door. It still functions as a catch-all, but it doesn’t attack when we reach in to grab the keys. Sometimes it gets cluttered with things like receipts, pens and mail, but since the bowl’s out where everyone can see it, I’m much more apt to put those things where they belong right away.
The same concept can be applied to other areas. Any hidden storage space has the potential of functioning as a type of junk drawer. Opting for a storage system that exposes clutter can be really helpful to stay on top of the constant clutter cycle.
Small, proactive efforts like these help make our little home feel more physically and mentally spacious since things don’t go missing as often, drawers don’t create stress, and cleaning up doesn’t take as much time as it used to.