First, I want to extend a hearty handshake to those of you who joined in on the first challenge last week by sorting, purging, and organizing your meds and first aid items.  Many of you sent in pictures of your victories, some of which are below.

(For more on this 16-week challenge, find out more here.)

Now that you’re warmed up, it’s time for your second challenge.  This week’s focus is another source of drawer clutter that can be found in every room of the house.  With all of our devices, we have acquired extensive collections of wires, cords, and electronic accessories, many of which are out of date or unused.  Until now.

Saddle up, put 10 minutes on the clock, and Get Ready…Get set…GO!

1. Grab a bag or box and lasso all your cords, wires, chargers, and electronics accessories

2. Gather all items in one place and spread out the whole kit-and-caboodle.  Betcha didn’t know you had that many USB cords, huh?  And those ethernet cords—when’s the last time you used one of those?  Sort your items by putting like with like so you can identify duplicates and multiple accessories that accompany a single device.

3. Keep only what belongs to your current devices and is relevant to your life now.

4. Decide on a home for these items that makes sense.  Since you’ve already sorted these items into categories, I suggest storing the items in their categories.  Ziploc baggies, bins, baskets are great ways to containerize these items so that you can find what you need when you need them, and they will find their way back easily to where they belong.

  

Time’s Up!  Kick off your boots and congratulate yourself on completing your second challenge.

I’d love to see your progress, so keep those pictures a-comin’! (I’ll always ask your permission before sharing your photos or comments)

Bonanza Bonus:
For those devices you no longer need, consider recycling them to a worthy cause.  It’s easier to let go of stuff when you know it’ll go to a good home where it’ll be used and appreciated.
I recommend National Coalition Against Domestic Violence or a local cause you support.

Pioneers: For the more adventurous lot, take the next step in this challenge. Once you have your categories sorted and pared down, take stock of the volume of each category.  Then find containers suited to each category.  I recommend these Iris drawers because they're see through, easy to label, and you can access the contents inside easily.   If you have a lot of cords to store, consider using rubber bands, twisty ties, or these gear ties to keep unruly wires under control.

Pioneers: For the more adventurous lot, take the next step in this challenge. Once you have your categories sorted and pared down, take stock of the volume of each category.  Then find containers suited to each category.  I recommend these Iris drawers because they’re see through, easy to label, and you can access the contents inside easily.   If you have a lot of cords to store, consider using rubber bands, twisty ties, or these gear ties to keep unruly wires under control.

Happy Trails and Happy Organizing!