A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

An ode to nice drawers.

It’s week # 16 in Org Junkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge. This week Laura is challenging us to get our drawers under control!

Fortunately she’s talking about kitchen drawers and not underoos, or I’d be hurtin’ fer certain. Because seriously, my bloomers would give you tumors. My undies are no-fun-dees. My knickers ain’t fit for trash pickers. Maybe I should spend more time shopping and less time rhyming. Gatekeeper? What do you think, hon? Should the Easter Bunny bring mama some new biscuit bags?

Alright, enough of that. Now to the topic at hand.

You may recall that I uncluttered all my kitchen drawers a couple of weeks ago to get ready for my Pampered Chef party. I just didn’t have time to write about it then because I was so busy telling you about my clean car and formerly hairy freezer that incidentally, I broke and then fixed all by my own damn self!

And this week I’m up to my ass in alligators cleaning out my bedroom closet, which has projectile vomited all over my bedroom floor and currently looks like this. (Ay-yi-yi… what have I done?) So let’s make this brief, shall we?

One of my kitchen drawers…before:

During the PROCESS:

Removing everything, organizing like with like, purging duplicates and unused items. Can you spot Gracie The Organizing Cat?


Containerizing! I already had all of these containers in my "Bucket Slut" stash.



TA-DOW!!! {Insert choir of angels singing HERE.}

But wait, there’s more. Remember how I talked about wanting to use this decluttering kick to help others in need? Specifically, I came up with a plan to ask people who came to my Pampered Chef party to bring one or more gently used kitchen tools to add to a basket I was assembling for the local women’s shelter. Well… just look at all the wonderful goodies my guests and I were able to collect and donate:

Decluttering for Kindness, The Bearded Iris way!

This was so easy to do, and made it truly painless to part with all the extra stuff in my kitchen drawers knowing that it would be going right into the hands of a woman who needs some help starting over in a new kitchen of her own. I would encourage you and your friends and neighbors to do the same thing. If everyone puts in just a few items, it is incredible what a nice basket you can assemble for someone in need!

And speaking of someone in need… I need to get back to my floordrobe, I mean, closet organization project.

But if you want more, go here and scroll to the bottom of the page to check out what my fellow Org Junkie Flunkies are up to this week. Or go here to see some of the other organizing projects I’ve completed this year. Thanks for stopping by!

your friend,


© Copyright 2011, The Bearded Iris.


  1. Rebekah

    WHAT is with all the melon ballers?

    • The Bearded Iris

      Ha! Nice, Rebekah. Those aren’t melon ballers though. I hate melon, and I hate turning good food into balls. Those are the Stainless Steel Scoops (all three sizes) from Pampered Chef… good for batters, cookie dough, fillings, etc.

  2. Laura


  3. Lauree

    Awesome!! Loving your blog!

  4. Megan

    You had me at Nice Drawers.
    You won my heart forever when I saw all that stuff you decluttered away in to needing hands.
    O.K. You won my heart forever a long time ago, but I still like the work.


  5. Allysgrandma

    What the he** happened. I have missed a bunch of LOL funny posts! I thought I resubscribed, but obviously it didn’t work. It had better now because I just did it again! And I got the confirmation!

    Okay going over to the neighbors for dinner. They invited us last night for barbecued tri-tip, we happily said okay, then got home and thought uh oh it’s Friday, it’s still Lent, so we are taking our own salmon over!

  6. margo

    Looks great!! I’m so jealous though you got a comment from Laura!

  7. Jellyhead

    Cute mini pink rolling pin. I can’t believe I don’t have one of those! And those are totally melon ballers.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Not. Melon. Ballers. I’m telling you, the day I ball a melon is the day I buy a traditional salad spinner and pour Ranch dressing on my kale.

  8. Anisa

    “biscuit bags”
    “basket slut”

    You just got yourself a follower. 😉 Thanks for commenting over at my place – I always come check out the blogs that people are from. I love your drawers… the kitchen ones. 😉

    I have some terrible junk drawers that are going to be getting the shake-down in the next couple of weeks. They are scary and I’ve been working my way up to them. I love the baskets you used to organize here.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thanks Anisa, welcome aboard! I got all of those baskets at Ball*Fart a long time ago and just had them in my stash. I have a spending problem when it comes to baskets. Using them? Not so much. Getting better though.

  9. Martha (MM)

    Nice drawers! You really are doing a great job and your idea to collect kitchen gadgets for for the women’s shelter was a really great idea! Hope you have a wonderful Easter. I’m counting the hours now – Cheers! 🙂

  10. Karyn

    Wow!! Those kitchen drawers look amazing. You’ve inspired me! Who’d have thought you could use baskets in the kitchen drawers – I always just thought of cutlery racks – limited usage so the rest just gets thrown in the third drawer!

  11. Julie

    You are in a silly mood! Biscuit bags. Ha.

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