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Win the War Against Clutter, One Box at a Time
By Tracy Alt   
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Last edited: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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You do not need to feel overwhelmed by the clutter surrounding you in your home. You can win the war against clutter and all it takes is a box a day.

You do not need to feel overwhelmed by the clutter surrounding you in your home. You can win the war against clutter and all it takes is a box a day.

When you feel overwhelmed by a project, the easiest thing to do is walk away from it. While this makes you feel better in the short-term, it actually makes the long-term outlook even worse because, by doing nothing, you are allowing the problem to get worse. If the problem is worse the next time you think about trying to tackle it, you will feel even more overwhelmed than you did before. Start putting an end to this pattern today.

The best way to approach situations that tend to overwhelm or frustrate you is with baby steps. Doing just a little bit at a time allows you to make progress yet avoid that pit in your stomach that makes you want to throw in the towel. Here is a great way to approach your household clutter with baby steps.

Get yourself a medium-sized box. The boxes that reams of paper come in work great. Every day fill the box with one type of clutter. For example:

Day 1: Recycling

  • Old newspapers

  • Old magazines

  • Telephone directories

  • Junk mail

Day 2: Trash

  • Since you want to save your box, you may actually want to use a trash bag for this so you can take straight to the curb. Just make sure the bag you use is not too big. One tall kitchen bag at a time would make excellent progress.

Day 3: Book Donations

  • Donate your unwanted or your children's outgrown books to your local library. You can ask them for a receipt to claim your donation on your tax returns.

Day 4: Clothing Donations

  • Your children's outgrown clothing

  • Any clothing that you have not worn in the past year

Donate your clothing items to your favorite charity. Be sure to get a receipt for your tax returns.

Day 5: Toy Donations

  • Donate any toys that your children no longer play with to charity or to the pediatric ward of your local hospital. If possible, get a receipt for tax purposes.

Once the box is full, stop. It is very important that you stop when the box is full or you will risk overdoing it and winding up right back at the frustration you started with.

The next step is crucial to your decluttering success. The same day you fill a box get it out of your house. Do not set the box aside to take care of later. It will just wind up becoming another pile of clutter for you to become overwhelmed by. In order for you to see the progress that you are making you must remove your filled boxes from your home immediately.

If you have filled a box of recycling, put the contents into your recycling bin and be sure to put it at the curb on the next pick up day. If you do not have curbside recycling in your neighborhood, take the box to your local recycling center.

If you have filled a bag of trash, put it in your outside garbage receptacle to be placed at the curb on your next pick up day.

If you have filled a box full of anything that you intend to donate it, put it in the back of your car and take it to the drop off center for your chosen charity.

Be sure to save your box so you can fill it again the next day. When you run out of types of clutter to fill your box with, start over again from the beginning. Continue to repeat the list until you have cleared your home from clutter completely.

If you remove one box of clutter from your home every day for one month, you will have removed 30 boxes of clutter from your life! So while it may not seem as though you are making much progress in the short-term, the long-term results are amazing!

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Reviewed by Pier Tyler 5/1/2007
Clutter can be overwhelming, but one box at a time is something I can handle. Thanks for sharing this informative article.

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