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I love a tidy home. When I walk into a house that has everything in its place, a sense of calm comes over me. That being said, I do not think it is natural to put everything in its place every time. I remember a priest once telling me that a messy home is a happy home. That gave me peace.
When I walk into my garage, or even my bedroom for that matter, I become overwhelmed with the piles of “things” that do not have a home. In a few days or weeks those piles become a little bit bigger and then a little bit bigger and eventually I realize I probably didn’t ever need what I put at the bottom of the pile because I have not been able to find it or never needed to look for it. That is why I like to use the box method of tidying. I do it once or twice a year, but should probably do it quarterly. Hey, I’m not perfect.
Simplify and Organize Your Life with the Box Method
I have done so much research into how to declutter and organize your home. The Box Method is what I find most useful and easiest to do. You lay out four boxes used to organize your “stuff” as you go through it. On one side of the room put your TRASH and SELL/DONATE boxes. On the other side of the room put your STORE and KEEP/PUT AWAY boxes.
TRASH and SELL/DONATE
- If you have not used an item or worn a piece of clothing in six months to a year, get rid of it. Would someone else like it? Then put it in the SELL/DONATE box. If its trash, then TRASH it.
- For all the items you cannot part with, will not part with, or are saving for a child or posterity, put them in storage. You will be happy to know you have them, but they will be tucked away in the attic, basement, or crawlspace and out of sight.
- The items you actually use or wear, but seem to have migrated to an area they do not belong should be put away properly.
After dividing your things into the boxes: trash, donate, or sell. For the things you want to KEEP and PUT AWAY, the following gadgets will help you keep it all organized. Happy Shopping!