Friday, March 28, 2008

Today I Made a Real Difference in My Day to Day Life

I have a friend who reads The Junk Pyramid and is congratulatory to me on it. But I think she wonders why I am decluttering the locations that I am. When I cleaned off the top of my file cabinet in my Secret Closet, she sarcastically said something to the effect of, "Oh, that's going to change your life." It was less jerky than that, but had a similar sentiment.

This one's for her.

Check. This. Out.:

That's my battery drawer. And it was a disaster. I had planned on doing some more kids clothes today, but this voice changing toy was out of batteries and I made the mistake of putting a new battery in it.

Then Quinn ran around yelling into it. And just FYI, if a toy is soooo annoying that even the six-year-old is yelling, "Go away!" you know you shouldn't have bothered to put batteries back in it. Thanks for that present, Nana.

And on a related note, am I the only person in the world who is physically incapable of attaching a 9-volt battery to to those little connectors in the battery compartment of toys?


When I opened the battery drawer and saw what you see above, I knew that this particular drawer was screaming to be decluttered.

For something called a battery drawer, there sure were a lot of non-battery items in there. (And yes, I am aware that I have a ridiculous number of batteries. I'm kind of crazy that way. We buy them at Costco.)

This was all the detritus from the drawer that I was able to get rid off:

Most of it is trash. Like that incredibly malformed battery there in front. I don't know how that happened, but I had to have applied a lot of force to do that to a triple A.

I have no idea how to count the number of items I'm getting rid of on this one, but because I considered this day's decluttering to be a smashing success, I'm going to count it as six. (That puts my total at 505. I'm way ahead of schedule. Yay for me!)

In the drawer itself, I used some little plastic containers to consolidate all the tiny, weird-shaped batteries used for watches and cameras and whatnot. I also used a container for adhesives and safety pins. The double A batteries also got their own container.

Here is my finished product:

Now I can open and close that drawer without having to reach in and shove something down with my hand. I know you know what I'm talking about.

I'm putting this one down in the "actually improved my life" category.


Anonymous said...

After living so long in Berkeley, I can't believe you don't use more rechargeable batteries. ;)

Seriously, great job!!!!


Sue said...

That voice changer toy is OF SATAN! But WTG on the drawer!

Stimey said...

C: Doh! Oh, you've (deservedly) called me out. I'll look into it, I promise. (Hangs head in shame.) :)

Sue: Totally. Of Satan.

tulipmom said...

I had completely forgotten about this other blog of yours. I just caught up on everything I missed and ... WOW, you have been busy! I am so impressed. You've really got me thinking that maybe this dejunking a little bit each day IS possible.

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Sexy! That picture even made me feel good, from a distance!!!!

Anonymous said...

In Stimey's defense, those battery-taking toys almost always say "do not use rechargeable batteries" in this thing. Why? I dunno. But it must make SOMEBODY rich!