Unruly junk drawers
The number one chaos culprit: the dreaded junk drawer. Full of of forgotten papers and takeout menus, extra pens, once-important receipts, abandoned pictures, random office supplies, even the occasional toy—they can pop up anywhere. Kitchen, office, bedroom, no room is safe! With the right amount of Ziploc® brand bags, Ziploc® containers and these cute labels you can turn that “ugghhh” to an “ahhh.”
Step 1: Take everything out (sigh) and wipe that beast down.
Step 2: Organize your collection into three piles: “Throw away” “Keep” and “Keep somewhere else.”
Step 3: From there, put any extra pens and pencils (that work) in a Ziploc® brand sandwich bag (with easy open tabs so you can do it one handed - since your other hand is full of pens!) Then put on this cute label!
Step 4: Organize the important pieces of paper in a gallon sized Ziploc® brand bag or Ziploc® brand sandwich bag - both with easy open tabs - (perfect for receipts). Keep them in your drawer or head over to our desk organization tip :)
Step 5: Put those tangly cords away in a Ziploc® brand sandwich bag and use a binder clip to keep them neatly wrapped.
Step 6: Organize any other random items (lip balm, pain medication, stickers, hair bands, pictures, magic hats) into their own Ziploc® brand bag or container - and then put them in their rightful place (i.e., hair bands in the bathroom, magic hats in the magic trunk). The less you have lying around the better.
A tidy desk is a happy desk
Step 1: Time to assess the items on your desk. Do the same exercise we described for your junk drawer— separate your items into three piles: “throw away,” “keep,” and “keep somewhere else.” And since you already have clutter-designated Ziploc® brand bags and Ziploc® containers in your junk drawer, feel free to utilize them.
Step 2: Make sure everything on your desk has a designated place. Put those extra pens in a Ziploc® container (bonus if you use washi tape and this cute label). Same goes for office supplies like paper clips, staples rubber bands and binder clips.
Step 3: Bring those random office supplies over from your junk drawer and put them in their own extra small square Ziploc® container. Make sure to put on the lid! And this label!
Put it on the Board
Putting a bulletin board above your office desk, mail table, craft table or kids room—basically any easily cluttered area—is a great way to declutter. You can put any extra odds and ends that cause clutter in Ziploc® containers or bags and just pin them to the board. Try it!
Step 1: Scoop up all those extras, like pens, office supplies, rubber bands, mail, keys, toys, etc.
Step 2: Organize them into the appropriately-sized Ziploc® brand bags or containers—for example loose paper and mail fit nicely into gallon sized Ziploc® brand bags. Extra pens and pencils go great in Ziploc® containers, rubber bands go great in Ziploc® brand sandwich bags, keys fit nicely in Ziploc® brand snack bags, army men can file into a gallon sized Ziploc® brand bag, etc. And all come out easy with easy open tabs!
Step 3: Grab a thumbtack and pin your bags and containers to the board!
Step 1: Take everything out and do the three pile exercise we talked about above.
Step 2: Safely dispose of your expired prescription medication by crushing the pills, placing in a bag with soil, cat litter, coffee grounds, or wet newspaper and tying it up. You can also find a pharmacy that accepts medicines and will properly dispose of them for you.
Step 3: Round up travel size toiletries and store them in a Ziploc® brand bag—or donate unused items to a homeless shelter.
Step 4: Take all your adhesive bandages out of their banged up boxes and put in a quart sized Ziploc® brand bag to save space. And with easy open tabs, little hands shouldn’t have a problem grabbing one.
Step 5: Organize your medicines in Ziploc® brand bags. For instance, put all your cold medicine in one Ziploc® brand bag,your stomach medications in another Ziploc® brand bags and your allergy medication in a last Ziploc® brand bags.