What is this little thing for?
By Jacki Hollywood Brown
What do you do when you're organizing and you find little widgets and doodads and have no idea know what they are?
One day I found a little plastic bit that I thought might be an important piece of a tool or computer part shoved in a kitchen drawer. I put it in a box labelled "Stuff we don't know about." A few days later I asked my family members what the plastic bit was for. It happened to be a part of my son's magic kit (apparently it appeared in the kitchen drawer by magic!) and he couldn't do his magic tricks without it.
So, now whenever I begin to organize a client's home or office I always create a box labelled: "Stuff we don't know about" and I encourage my clients to go through the “stuff” box with their family members or co-workers to help determine what the gadgets are for.
Most of the time the gadgets in the box are parts from broken equipment (which do get thrown out) but sometimes they are parts from something really useful that may be expensive or difficult to replace. Tossing out a tiny gadget without knowing what it is may turn an expensive piece of equipment into useless clutter because the part cannot be replaced!
This is one case where the old adage: When in doubt, throw it out, does not hold true.
Never throw out unidentified gadgets until the home or office is completely organized. Once the gadgets are identified, store them with the equipment they belong to or place in a separately labelled box.
My favourite box for storing these types of gadgets is the Stanley Professional Organizer. Each individual removable compartment (there are 3 different sizes) can be easily labelled. The clear impact resistant lid lets you see what’s in each compartment and the lid is designed so that the compartments lock in place.
This is ideal for military families who are constantly on the move. When the movers unpack your things, all your little widgets and gadgets will be labelled and easy to find!