THE DISASTER DRAWER

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THE DRAWERS OF SHAME

As a professional organizer, 95% of the homes I have visited have a disaster drawer. It is the drawer of shame that when I ask what is in it, at the same time that my hand brushes the handle and I try to open it, someone stops me as if an alien were going to devour me: Do not open that drawer that is a mess! !

As if I didn't know ...;)

I am left with the desire and sadly withdraw my hand because I am moved by these drawers. They are authentic Sunday markets!

Organizing them is easier than it seems, but like any organization, it takes time and requires a dose of patience.

I'm lucky, I know it sounds pathological but in the most complicated organizations I love to fall asleep thinking about the perfect box or the ideal design of the interior of a drawer. The next morning I wake up and go: I have the solution.

Today we will see 2 real examples: two friends have lent themselves to send me the photos of their disaster drawers; the disaster drawer in the kitchen of my friend "Pepa" and the one in the office of my friend "Lola"

We are going to order them virtually and you will see how simple.

THE "PEPA" DISASTER DRAWER

Pepa is a disaster and she recognizes it, which means that she is on the right track since the first step that you must take if you want the disorder to disappear from your life, become aware. I'm helping her, but we haven't reached the kitchen yet. 😉

If your drawer has any resemblance to Pepa's, go taking note !!

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STEPS TO FOLLOW

1. EMPTYING

Completely empty the drawer onto a flat surface large enough for you to see all of the contents. Make a full-fledged display.

2. CLEANING

First vacuum and then clean with a damp cloth impregnated with the appropriate product, depending on the material of the drawer.

3. CLASSIFICATION AND DISCARD

Object by object you must classify by categories.

1. Batteries 2. Glue 3. Adhesive tape 4. 2 measuring tapes 5. Push pins 6. Colored pencils 7. Markers 8. Paper treads 9. 1 bottle of tempera 10. Pens 11. A pack of post-its 12. Chalk 13. Photo tweezers 14. Plasters 15. Hydroalcoholic gel 16. Screws 17. A small hammer 18. Socket cover 19. A tablet 20. Inflators 21. A string of lights 22. Balloons. 23. A toy clock

These are the categories that we finally have:

  1. STATIONERY
  2. FIRST AID KIT
  3. TOOLS
  4. ELECTRONICS
  5. DECOR
  6. TOYS

Notice that of the 23 articles we have only taken 6 categories and also very easy to recognize.

All these categories must have their space in the home. We will see the best place for each of them and the most effective organizational systems.

STATIONERY

It is an important category because you always need a pen, a little tape, an envelope, writing paper or a blog for notes.

If you don't have an office or home office, I suggest the living room to house it.

You must store all the items together. The complexity of this category lies in its arrangement. but you have the following solutions:

1st Use a drawer exclusively for stationery and use trays or organizer boxes and dividers to help you maintain order.

2º Opt for compact organizers with compartments designed to hold all the material

Here are some very interesting proposals.

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FIRST AID KIT

The medicine cabinet should be in the bathroom. It will not be the first time that we cut ourselves peeling potatoes and the strips do not appear anywhere and from the bottle of hydrogen peroxide there is only that: "The Pot". Instead, one day we find them in the bottom of a bag or in our disaster drawer next to a mini souvenir sewing kit from Cancun.

SOLUTION:

There should be a space for medicines and another for a first aid kit. The most advisable thing is that they are differentiated. We can choose two boxes or a closet for everything and divide the space or a combination of both. Everything will depend on the amount of medications you have.

These are my proposals.

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TOOLS

Even if you are not a handyman, it is good to have a minimum of tools at home.

You could house them in the pantry, if you have, and if not in the living room or living room or at the entrance of the house if you have a sideboard.

Even without knowledge, they will get you out of more than one trouble and you will see that if you have them organized you will start to get a taste for it.

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ELECTRONICS

Place it in your office or living room.

I don't blame you. It is one of the most difficult categories to order because the elements are very varied and we have more and more.

Added to this is the addiction to collecting cell phones and headphones that do not work, pendrives with minimal storage capacities that we will never use and gigantic calculators as if we had cataracts in both eyes.

I agree, it can't be done like that, but with a little effort on your part, don't tell me that these models of organizers are not perfect for keeping all your "gadgets" at bay.

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DECOR

The appropriate place would be the storage room, garage, pantry or, failing that, the living room.

Not only do we have the Christmas season that fills our house with decorative items, there is also Halloween, Easter with its chicks, carnivals and their masks and birthdays with their balloons and pennants. Even Facebook celebrates our friendship anniversaries. The list is endless and we could be celebrating 365 days a year with world days!

My recommendation is to keep the decorative items by theme in boxes and that these are the appropriate size for the volume of objects to be stored. Better if they are stackable between them to maximize space.

The ones that I present here have their versions in different capacities as well as being stackable. I have to admit that TATAY has me in love because they are eternal.

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TOYS

My daughter's toys are at her fingertips in the living room, as this is where she plays and where I can control her while I work. but obviously if personal circumstances like mine don't occur they should go to their rooms.

It seems mission impossible to order toys, but it is not. The most important thing is to have effective organization systems: open storage boxes for the little ones, easy to take out and put back in and stackable for the older ones.

Shelves for books and organizers of school supplies for all ages.

Here are my proposals. LEGO boxes are one of my favorites because they come in a multitude of sizes and colors and, in addition, they fulfill my indispensable condition of being stackable.

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THE DISASTER DRAWER OF "LOLA"

Lola is passionate about organization products so she will be literally devouring this article. I know for good that Lola is organized and the only reason why this drawer is like this is because it does not give her life for more.

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Let's give you a hand and analyze your office disaster drawers with your permission.

As can be seen in the photos, the disorder in the "Lola" drawer is the result of the number of articles in the same OFFICE category, curiously the opposite of the "Pepa" drawer where we found 6 categories and 20 items. Do you see the difference?

However, and to mess it up even more, even if they are articles from the same category, "OFFICE" shouldn't mix the clips with the staples so we're back in the "Pepa" drawer. The difference is that "Lola" will have to find space for her subcategories in the same drawer, while "Pepa" has traveled the house making room for toys, decoration, stationery ...

My advice to "Lola" is as follows:

"Lola", if you want the inside of your drawers to look perfect and in order for life, you will have to make a

CUSTOM MADE DRAWER INTERIOR

Here is the example:

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DESIGN

1st. Take everything out and put the items back in your drawer imagining centimeter-thick dividing lines between them.

4th Stack vertically everything that is from the same subcategory. If you are short of space, you should also follow a vertical and stacking method, even if they are different subcategories.

5th For the electronic elements and since you have told me that you have enough, I would resort to one of the bags or toiletry bags that we saw for the ELECTRONIC category of the "Pepa" drawer.

6th Take measurements of each imaginary compartment, also taking into account the centimeter of the dividers and draw it on a piece of paper. Side walls are not necessary.

7th Do not forget the height of the drawer.

8º With your plan drawn, you only need the cutting and gluing of the dividing boards. (You can always go to a carpenter if you see it too complicated)

The option that 99% of mortals would take would be to order through adjustable drawer dividers and supplement with boxes. (MDESIGN the best in these articles)

But I am obliged to give you 1st the perfect solution and then the next best options.

DO WE CHAT?

As you can see we have solved the organization of 2 disaster drawers virtually.

Do you still believe that the online organization service is not possible?

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Hope you enjoyed the article. I would love for you to leave a comment or share it on your social networks so that there are less disaster drawers in the world!

 

Lorena Peláez
Professional Organizer

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