Only one drawer remains to be cleaned, sorted and inventoried in the Kitchen.
This drawer is the "Man Drawer"
Why is this drawer not done yet?
Because it is the responsibility of the man of the house and he is procrastinating.
What is the "Man Drawer"
This is the drawer that practically every house has.
The drawer that contains all the things a man needs to have on hand even if they will never be used again.
The one about which the wife will say
The one about which the wife will say
"What are you keeping those things for?"
Now I did not make this term up myself.
It is the brain child of a very well known British Comedian called Michael McIntyre and if you have not seen this take a little break now and watch the short sketch below.
Okay I decided it was
Now that you know what is contained in the man drawer .....
batteries (are these new or used? is a question frequently heard)
keys (what is this one for?)
4 tape measures (yes 4, but why more than one is required in one place I don't understand)
foreign currency (in our case that could be many different currencies as Fred has travelled extensively with his work)
.....You can understand why it needs to be sorted and more frequently than once a year but the men are very reluctant to allow us to speak of the drawer let alone touch anything in the drawer.
Fred, who is quite a laid back and contented man will get rather vocal when I mention this drawer.
(If you did not watch the video above, you really should go back now and do so, it is so funny)
All of the other drawers are ticked off the list.
Last week I was left with the contents of one of the drawers all over my kitchen table to be sorted and placed back in the clean drawer and this has now been done and it is so tidy and easy to find all the items now. The larger and less often used items are in the bottom drawer of this unit all easy to get when needed.
|Second Drawer After|
The other drawer which took me more time to work at is the odds and ends, stationary type drawer that is just beside the little corner where we have the letter rack and the stand for my ipad and the notepad.
You know the
"this is where we throw all our receipts, business cards, post and whatever is in our hands when we come in from the car" area, mentioned in "Is it Fun Yet? - Housework/Funwork 3"
This drawer looked like this
Now some of my drawers are very small drawers which sit under narrow cupboards so they were not too time consuming.
One of these had very little in it, just basically the key to the electric box a torch and Electricity leaflet so I moved the instruction leaflets and take-out leaflets from the other drawer into this one and it still is not too cluttered up.
Then after getting a long narrow portioned tray and two other plastic containers I sorted out my drawer so that it now looks like this
Maybe we should call this one the Wife Drawer or the Woman Drawer!
It does have things in it that Fred would probably ask me
"What are you keep those things for?"
Some of the cupboards are finished and a few still to go so the Kitchen Overhaul and Inventory is going reasonably well but looks like a busy week for the last week of the month.
I have also gone through the rest of the months and here is the complete
Yearly Housework & Organising Schedule
No doubt in the coming weeks & months there will be things that I suddenly remember should have been included here and are not in my Monthly/Weekly/Daily Schedule either so I will have to add those in later and perhaps I may also decide to change some things from one month to another.
Do you think I can get Fred to tackle that "MAN Drawer"?
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