Often when we are sorting something out, we don’t have anywhere to put the things we no longer want, so we leave them where they are and hope we remember to get rid of them later. Of course we don’t remember so the clutter remains. Today I’m sharing something that is very quick and easy to do, but can make simplifying so much easier.
Create a donation box. Yep it’s that simple. Find a box or carton, label it donations, and put it somewhere easy to access. Every time you come across something you no longer use put it in the donation box. Then whenever you go to town (or are near your local charity shop), pop whatever is in the box into a plastic bag and take it to the donation bins in town. By doing this you avoid that pile of junk on the bench, and you have an active reminder to take the no longer wanted items out of your home.
At the same time, create a returns box. Anything you have borrowed from a friend, or want to give to a friend goes in the box. Again if you have the box in an easy to access spot (near the door you walk out of when leaving the house is best) you can grab anything relevant as you go.
I think one of the biggest causes of clutter is having no where to put something. By creating a donation box, you have somewhere to (temporarily) put all those things you want to get rid of, and a strategy to help you get it out of the house.
Do you have a strategy for dealing with all those things that you need to get out of the house? I’d love to hear how others deal with items they are getting rid of.