A Guest Post by Adrianne Gordon
Once a year or so, we begin to feel like we have too much stuff, like the ‘things’ in our home have multiplied and are beginning to crowd us out. Fall is a great time to clear out the clutter before the season of family gatherings, decorating and (yes, I am going to say it!) Christmas gets underway. But where to begin? Try filling just one box.
Pick-up an empty box at your neighborhood grocery or liquor store (hey, no judgment here!) one that is two or three times the size of a milk carton. Then choose a room. Any room will do – living room, kitchen, or a bedroom. Your goal is simply to fill the box with things you no longer use, need or love. Don’t get side tracked by that pile of laundry that needs to be put away or the things that belong somewhere else. Make a mental note of them if you want, but stay focused on the task at hand.
If you aren’t sure you want to part with something, set it aside. You can create a pile for these items and if you don’t find yourself using or missing them in a few weeks, go ahead and send them on to Goodwill.
Once you’ve filled your box, make an immediate plan to drop it off at your nearest donation center. Don’t fret over which charity to give it to, just go wherever is close and let your clutter become someone else’s treasure (and provide funding for a charity). Dropping it off quickly will prevent the box from becoming part of your clutter again.
You might find yourself ready for another box and before you know it, you’ll have more space for your family to enjoy the things you use and love most. Happy decluttering!