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One Drawer at a Time

By Carissa Tobin

THU MAR 17, 2022

Last week Little L washed out the new reusable sandwich bags I had gotten her - we were going to stop sending her peanut butter sandwich in old bread bags. I went to put the new turquoise bags in the middle drawer next to the oven, and I stopped.

This had gone on too long.

Pretend this drawer was full of this stuff times fifty. I always forget to take before photos.
Pretend this drawer was full of this stuff times fifty. I always forget to take before photos.

I started emptying items onto the floor. Putting old plastic bread bags into a bag to recycle at Lunds. Recycling balls of used aluminum foil. Placing pot holders and trivets in stacks. I found some barrettes of Lila's and a Christmas hand towel. Hmm.

The sorting process. Therapeutic.
The sorting process. Therapeutic.

Before too long, the drawer was empty. I could hear Axel reading Beezus and Ramona to Little L for the third time. The minutes were dwindling before I would be called in for a bedtime hug. I grabbed some paper towels, wet one of them, and started cleaning out the crumbs from the drawer.

Note the new reusable sandwich bags in the upper right. Thank you, bags, for inspiring this project.
Note the new reusable sandwich bags in the upper right. Thank you, bags, for inspiring this project.

Before long, the items were back in. I know they probably won't stay this way. But for now, this drawer - this one drawer - is a neatly controlled zone. No chaos whatsoever. Just neatly stacked items, and not that many of them either.

It wasn't long before I opened the junk drawer and sighed. In the bathroom, I went to grab a bandaid and was horrified by thermometers and half-empty boxes of bandaids. I needed a new mask for Lila and opened a drawer overflowing to the brim.

The drawers all need to be organized. Every single one of them.

But for now, I did one. I can breathe easy when I grab the aluminum foil or a trivet.

Let's just hope that by the time I get to those other drawers, this one is still clean too.