When you head down to the basement, look for clothing, toys, books, or other items that haven’t been used for years and check that they are still in donatable condition. If the items don’t belong to you, ask for permission to eliminate the items from your home.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate something from any storage item in your home.
The attic is a great place to store seasonal items, but often becomes a dumping ground for things that we think we should hold onto in case we need them again. But, out of sight is out of mind and we may forget that we have an extra set of sheets or towels tucked into a box in the attic and we go out and purchase new items for our guests.
Chances are you won’t have to open too many boxes to find something you don’t need to keep.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate an item stored in your basement, garage, shed, or any other storage area you have.
As I sit at my desk, I can see my cat curled up, sleeping in a large, shallow shipping box my husband had received an order in three or four weeks ago. Usually, the cat enjoys the newest cardboard box for a week or two before ignoring it. This box, however, is Favorite Box.
Do you hold onto boxes so that you can ship items in the future? Do you nest the boxes within each other or flatten the boxes to save space?
Do you really use the boxes you save?
It doesn’t matter if they are organized by size if you never use them.
Start using these boxes to pack the items you are cleaning from your home.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.