To-Go Box

Just a quick post on this lovely fall day. . . .

I just wanted to take a minute to share one of the ways I keep decluttering on the brain.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your less-is-more focus when life starts happening around you. You’ve worked so hard and come so far on your minimalist journey, and then, before you know it, life butts in and stops your progress in its tracks. In some cases, it may even push you back a few steps.

It’s OK. This kind of thing happens all the time. We just have to be aware of it and keep pushing through the interruptions.

One way I do this is to always have a designated spot or box in my house–usually near the back door–where I can drop any item that no longer fits in my life.

I yanked that itchy top off just as quickly as I pulled it on while getting ready for work because I knew I wouldn’t enjoy wearing it all day? In the box it goes on my way out the door.

That annoying kitchen utensil got in my way again as I was trying to find the one I use for every, single meal prep? Toss it in the box!

Even though these unwanted items still remain in my home for a few weeks after I decide to purge them, I’m still steadily making progress. The decision has already been made, and it feels good to have a visual reminder in a forgotten corner in my mud room of my constant steps forward.

I have even found when I don’t have a box or area set aside for these cast-offs, I tend to not address them in those defining moments. I’m a firm believer that everything should have a place in the home, and knowing that even my unwanted items have a designated, albeit temporary, residence helps keep the decluttering process moving.

So don’t get bogged down by setbacks, big or small. Put little plans into place to keep yourself progressing, even when you don’t have the free time in your schedule to plan a decluttering afternoon or weekend.

Baby steps!!!

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5 thoughts on “To-Go Box

  1. Mama says:

    Thank you baby for helping me declutter!! Something I don’t think I could have done on my own.
    I love the “freeing” feeling it gives me.

  2. Anne Lene says:

    This is a great idea I use as well, I keep mine in my guest room.. (Then I don’t have to look at the box all the time). Been a bit slack lately after my bigger purge a month or so ago, so I need to pick it up again. Thanks for the reminder…

    • needforless says:

      I always get a little lazy after a big purge myself. You’re very welcome! I love reading everyone else’s blogs on minimalism to get little reminder nuggets regularly. It helps keep me in check. Thanks for reading!!! 🙂

  3. My husband does not consider himself a minimalist but when I designate a box as you suggest I often find he puts things in it as well. I also put aside a box that is an “undecided” and anything that has been in it 6 months gets the boot. If I haven’t used it in that amount of time chances are I don’t really need it. Thanks for writing.

    • needforless says:

      Thanks for commenting!
      I’ve found that it’s such a great strategy.
      My husband isn’t so good about dropping things there on his own, but if I suggest he go through his clothes or something, he always emerges with a stack of unwanted items. I don’t mind nudging him a bit, as long as we keep moving forward! 🙂

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