Introducing the “Dump-A-Drawer” Way to Declutter

Jan 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Drawer of StuffOverwhelmed by clutter every time you open a drawer, a cabinet or a closet? Try Gail Rubin’s “Dump-A-Drawer” approach to decluttering!

Frustrated that I couldn’t find a specific item in my desk drawer due to an abundance of clutter, this approach helped clear the frustration in a jiffy.

Step 1: Remove the drawer with its contents inside.

Step 2: Dump the contents of the drawer into a cardboard box.

Step 3: Pick out the items that you actually use, need or want (it’s a remarkably small percentage).

Step 4: Donate the items in the box to a charity.

Step 5: Put the cleaned out, pared down drawer back in your desk, dresser or kitchen cabinet, with the items you are keeping neatly arranged.

Step 6: Smile every time you open the drawer and see how organized and clean it is.

This works with office spaces as well as personal spaces. I just used it to clean out the glove compartment in my automobile. It’s especially great for releasing those promotional items that tend to proliferate and contribute to clutter.

Kicking the Bucket List CoverFor more great ideas on how to clear clutter, check out these blog posts on downsizing and buy a copy of KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die. An author-autographed paperback version is $15.95 at and less on, where the Kindle version is $7.99.

There’s also a handy 50-item Executor’s Checklist, guidance for the person who will take care of your after-death details, available as a free downloadable PDF here.

A Good Goodbye