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Last week I revisited the bill drawer I lasted cleaned out in July of 2012. Yikes!
At least I can say it didn’t look that bad considering it hadn’t been cleaned out in over 20 months.
I said it didn’t look that bad; I didn’t say it didn’t look bad. Luckily, it was just a collection of clutter. There wasn’t a problem with the system or how everything was organized.
I cleared out the paperwork that collected in the middle of the drawer, disposed of old mail (mainly coupons), and organized all our many gift cards in a coin purse. I was surprised by the number of gift cards we have collecting dust.
I also put all the stationery in a box. Because I had stationery and cards of different sizes, I wanted to use a document box. I didn’t have one, so I tried out a shoebox, not expecting it too work. It didn’t. It’s the size of a photo box, and those take up too much room and allow me to keep too much of what I don’t need. I still used it because it bothered me to leave the job so close to being finished.
The next day I went and bought a document box. Much better!
Since most of what was inside the drawer was clutter (old mail/expired coupons) cleaning the drawer out was easy and filled less than 1/3 of a brown shopping bag. It didn’t take long to do, but it was interesting to see how much disorder a small pile of paper can cause. One of these days I will create a monthly chore chart that includes small declutter projects like this one. If I cleaned out this drawer regularly, it wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to clean.