This drawer is the headquarters of my morning "getting ready" routine.
Here's what it looked like when I started.
It was a mixed up mess of makeup, hair accessories, samples of skin care products, bits of ribbon, several half used dental flosses, backup supplies, loose jewelry, and a lot of dust and grime.
Can you believe I dipped into this drawer every morning? How did I stand it for so long? One wonders.
After being inspired by the progress I'm making in my closet, (per my August dare, update coming soon), I started browsing online for minimalist blogs, and one thing led to another and I ended up purchasing a book called, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide; How to Declutter, Organize and Simplify your Life by Francine Jay. I read it in one big thirsty gulp.
The next day, I did this:
Using the advice in the book, I dumped the entire drawer out, and attempted to clean it, (though it's an old bathroom, and the drawer has taken a beating over the decades. I did my best.) Next, I sorted my stuff and evaluated each item individually. Out went the extra supplies, duplicates, products I no longer use, samples I'll never open, and bits and bobs of things that didn't belong there.
I even found that I had room to store the toothpaste, floss and toothbrush in the drawer, saving them from cluttering up the bathroom counter. (Francine Jay suggests a goal of only 3 items on every flat surface in your home, including the bathroom counter. I got it down to just three with this project: I've got a soap dispenser, a cup, and my husband's electric toothbrush stand. That's it!)
I can't tell you how much nicer it is now to open this drawer in the morning.
Well, there you have it. An intimate peek into my morning routine. More info than you ever wanted, I'm sure. But I share in case it inspires you to clean out a drawer in your house. It's a great feeling! Good luck!