It’s day 8 of the 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge and today we’re tackling that ever-crammed junk drawer.

Day 8: Clean the Junk Drawer

“Often, it’s what we hold onto that holds us back.” 
— Cheryl Richardson

We all have that drawer.

The one in our bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, that collects anything and everything. Mail that you don’t know what to do with? Toss it in the drawer. A random pen? In the drawer it goes. A [insert random item that has no real place] that has been sitting on the counter for days? Just shove it in that drawer and move on. 

Out of sight, out of mind, right?! 

Sorry, friends. Wrong. 

We mentioned this in day four when we were tasked wth cleaning off a counter; clutter in your home correlates to clutter in your mind. Just because you can’t see it all the time doesn’t mean it isn’t take up space in your brain. 

Several months ago, I listened to a podcast featuring Lili Pettit, who owns a California-based decluttering business called Clutter Healing. In the interview, she talks about making space in your home for new things and how this idea corresponds to making space in your life.

If there’s a new idea or purchase or person or thing that you are hoping to attain, first, you need to make space for it and she recommends doing this by keeping one drawer in your home empty at all times.  

After listening to that episode, I tried it out in our kitchen and I am happy to report that even months later, we still have one drawer sitting empty. It’s always a nice surprise when I open it up and see all the space – I tend to forget that it’s there about two minutes later 😛 

It may be tempting to just take everything from that drawer and disperse to new places but that may be missing the point. Of course, put things back where they belong but the other stuff… ask yourself if it can just go, entirely? Those items that are buried on the bottom of that drawer. Did you really miss them? Chances are, no. It’s time to either throw them away or start a donation pile. 

Happy decluttering!

If you’re joining in, let us know what drawer you picked and how the cleaning went in the comments! 

All our best,


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