I know your little secret. I know it because it’s mine too. In every home, on every block, in every hamlet, village and town, there is a drawer devoted to delicious clutter. Some houses have two or three drawers and the unashamed may even have closets full of accumulated “stuff.”
When I was around 10 or 11, one of my older sisters got her own apartment. Having a serious case of hero worship, I thought she was wonderful, especially when she took me shopping or out to eat. However, I enjoyed nothing more than going through “the drawer.” This was a slim top drawer in her dresser and it was an unending source of delight. It was full of perfume samples, assorted domestic and foreign coins, hair accessories, half empty nail polish bottles, rejected lipsticks, cough drops and mints (which tasted like the perfume samples). Mysterious tubes and tools, funny-shaped bandaids, discarded costume jewelry and countless other treasures kept me happily rummaging and experimenting for hours. Only much later did I learn this particular sibling was a packrat and I could just as easily have rummaged in her shoe closet, her handbag closet or her kitchen pantry. She was a devotee of clutter.
While I have not followed in her footsteps totally, I do have one of those drawers in the bathroom vanity and one in the kitchen. The vanity drawer is very much like my sister’s and the kitchen drawer defies inventory. Things you want to keep but are too small to have their own place must be put somewhere, right? Where else can you put extra soy and duck sauce packets, those plastic encased eating utensils from Wendy’s, boxes of toothpicks, egg timers, stray corn-on-the-cob holders, collapsible cups and other things too many (or trivial) to count? Where, I ask you, where?
By now the uber organized are yelling “I’ll tell you where!” as they race through their homes, checking on the pristine order of their own drawers and closets. However all that angst is not necessary. Those folks who want to make a fresh and uncluttered start can find help. The neatly organized shelves in the library have books for anyone who wants to de-stuff their lives. Here are just a few (in no particular order, of course):
Clutter’s Last Stand – Don Aslett
Clutter Control: Put Your Home on a Diet– Jeff Campbell
Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff – Lori Baird (Ed.)
With all this help, you’ll be an “uber” in no time. You can call me if you need one of those twisty things that wrap around the plastic top of the bread. I have bunches.