When I was in high school I remember feeling stressed over college applications, homework, my job, and a myriad of other issues that come with adolescence. My mom gave me advice she once heard attributed to Thomas Jefferson. When asked how he did it all, he replied: “I open one drawer at a time”.
This advice has gotten me through many a stressful time. Choosing your priorities, working on those, and then moving forward is a great strategy. My husband calls it “critical path”. I call it brilliant.
Spring cleaning is much like that in my home. I chose the areas of most concern and worked on those. As for the drawers, I open them one at a time. Literally. If I’m in the kitchen and have a free minute, I’ll organize the silverware drawer. Have a second after the shower? Medicine cabinet! A few minutes before I go to bed my nightstands got the spring cleaning treatment. With this in mind, I’ve tackled almost every drawer in my home over the past two weeks. ONE DRAWER AT A TIME.
This week I’m still going to post about my closet cleanout tips. I’ll also share my book strategies and how I tame the toy monster. As in, the monster amount of toys in my house and not our stuffed Cookie Monster toy. But he might make another appearance since his last bender: