Friday, March 8, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 19 • Junk Drawer

Welcome to Day 19 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 11 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 19, we'll be tidying our just because items, also known as our junk drawer items. This could include spare buttons, keychains, old keys, old phone cases, and any other this and that.

Some thoughts on Day 19:

1) Try not to have a junk drawer going forward. Once I'm done tidying, I'm hoping to have a place for every single thing in my home. I'm not planning to have a junk drawer or a catch-all place for any "this and that" possessions that are solely my own, or that hubby and I share. If it's not possible to have a place for every single item in your home, try to limit your "this and that" items to one "just because" drawer or box. That being said, I think some of us are still prone to keeping a lot of "just because" items (this includes my husband!), so at the end of the day, just try to do the best you can.

2) We're all at a different place on this journey, and that's ok. Some of us are prone to keeping more items than others. Perhaps some of us have more things that spark joy. Perhaps some of us feel more sentimental about objects. Perhaps some of us are more fearful of letting something go that we may need or want down the road. Or perhaps some of us are more prone to the sunk cost fallacy, which I wrote about on Day 12. Spark joy and the number of items we keep lie on a spectrum, and we're all at a different place on the spectrum. Throughout the process, it's more important to go through your own journey as an individual, rather than get upset or frustrated with a family member. Of course, I feel frustration at times, but I try to keep the big picture in mind and understand that we're all unique. Let's not compare, and instead support each other.

Thank you for tuning into Day 19! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 20.

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