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Written by Lori Pankonin   

Subtle hint leads to organized drawers

CRASH! Oh no! I knew the staples for that little stapler were in that drawer somewhere. Oops. In my haste, I pulled the drawer out just a tad bit too far to check in the very, very back. And that’s when the drawer tipped, and the majority of its contents splashed to the floor, scattering hither and yon.

If my sweet 4-year-old granddaughter was involved in such an incident, she would look up with innocence and say, “It was an accident.”

Yes, it was an accident. Or was it? Do you ever get the feeling that something was meant to happen to give you a major hint? No doubt about it, it was time to clean out that drawer!

Well, there was no time right then, so the remaining contents in the drawer got dumped into a box with the scattered collection from the floor sprinkled on top. I grabbed a magnet from the refrigerator to capture the mass of paper clips and anything else that came along with them.

What is it that creates crumbs in drawers? I’ve learned I’m not the only one who ends up with little crumbs in the silverware drawer. Only clean silverware gets put in there. Where do the crumbs come from?

The task of sorting through the box didn’t happen until the weekend. And in the meantime, I dumped the contents of two other drawers from the bathroom on top of my original collection. Heck. While we’re at it, let’s get some other areas of my life organized. There’s nothing like wasting time looking for things that should be readily available, only because there’s nonsense “stuff” that is never used in the way.

STOP! I had to draw the line at those three drawers. Temptation hollered at me to dump three more drawers. Then past experience reminded me that it’s important to finish at least one project before starting on three more. Yes, it was a MUST to have the sorting counter totally cleared by the end of the day.


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Holyoke Enterprise July 24, 2014