Happy 2015! Many of you made resolutions to de-clutter and right size your belongings, including my sister, Joan! She told me she does not know where to start. Are you in the same place? My answer to you and Joan is just start somewhere! I suggested Joan start in her bedroom — maybe her dresser.
No big deal you say, that should be easy, right. Not quite! Your dresser is the dumping ground for lots of things like: all shapes and sizes of bottles, tubes, and containers of creams, ointments, and makeup. Then there are the various trinkets; the sole surviving earing, broken pearls, scarfs, Qtips, and loose change to name a few things. That’s just the top of the dresser. Then there are still several drawers of stuff.
These drawers just seem to get fatter and more difficult to close as we continue stuffing in more items. Why has this happened, you ask? Because drawers never seem to get the time and attention they deserve on a regular basis. It would not surprise me if Joan found an old panty girdle, or other unmentionable, tucked into that very bottom draw way in the back. I know you are all wondering why Joan, or anyone else, would hold onto an old panty girdle; but Joan not unlike many people still feel you never know when you might need it. LOL! So what should you do?
To start, go through all the old makeup and other ‘stuff’ on the top of your dresser. Decide whether to keep or throw out. Throw out the bottles of dried up make up, old tubes of lip stick, the eye liner and anything else that you do not use. They have been hanging around taking up valuable real estate on your dresser, and old makeup is dangerous to your health. It could be harboring bacteria, cause infections, or damage your skin if used by someone. Do you think that the scent from that old bottle of ‘Charlie’ cologne that you have had since 1998 is still sweet and pleasant to put on. Also come to terms that you are never going to find the missing earing or fix the pearls so why keep them right up front to make you feel guilty – it is time to move on with life without them!
Once your dresser top is cleaned off and you dust, polish, and wash the mirror don’t put the stuff back yet! Put a towel or sheet on the top and take one drawer at a time and dump the contents on the dresser top. It is now time to give those over stuffed drawers the attention they deserve. Match up the socks, gloves and anything else; throw out the lonely orphans, inspect for wear and tear, decide what to keep and dispose of the rest. My rule of thumb is: if you have not worn items in a year then you should recycle or dispose.
Be ruthless, you know you will not wear the string bikini your husband have you 20 years ago! Do this for every single drawer in your dresser. You will be surprised how much room you will have in the drawers and how easily they close. Pretty soon you will have a dresser that is clean and organized. Now don’t you feel good!
What’s next? Stay tuned I am thinking!