The junk drawer. A place that houses, pens, scissors, batteries, stamps, coupons and random mail. As I grow up and begin to embrace this whole adult thing more, I’m realizing how hard it is to keep a home that is junk drawer free. But at the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to keep my home neat. This has not been an easy task, because I have two people to tidy up after as well as a crazy busy schedule. However, here is what I have figured out. 10 minutes matters. Yes, 10 minutes is all it takes to keep your home junk drawer free.
I have now made it a habit to take 10 minutes here and there to throw a load of laundry in the washer, tidy up the kitchen and clean out the dreaded junk drawer.
This might not be an issue for some of you, but it has definitely been a struggle for me. I was never a neat person growing up. (I was what you might call a free spirit.) I figured cleanliness would just come to me one day as an adult. I would magically be good at keeping a clean house and I would automatically grow out of my messy phase.
HA! Boy, was I wrong. You don’t just grow out of habits that you have developed for years. It takes time, commitment and energy. I have to make a conscious decision to clean and tidy up every day, otherwise the house will become an overwhelming disaster!
The same thing applies when it comes to our finances and, in particular, dealing with debt. Debt won’t automatically go away after time. You have to pay it off. Just like that spare 10 minutes makes a difference with keeping my home neat, a spare $10 will make a difference in paying down that debt. Don’t live the rest of your life in a home where every drawer has somehow become a junk drawer. Take control over the condition of your home (or the condition of your finances) and pay down or clean out the debt you might have little by little. Because 10 minutes matters!