By Liesl Clark
Is the clutter in your house getting you down? Here’s a quick fix that’ll solve your clutter calamaties:
When I’m overwhelmed by accumulated surface clutter atop counters and other furnishings in our house, I find the nearest empty box and quickly fill it with the items covering my table tops and horizontal surfaces. They’ve been sitting there, I oft realize, because there’s just no obvious place to put them. A box is as likely a place as any.
And where does the box go? In our storage room (husband’s gear room, our workbench, and storage space for things in transition) for a few weeks to see if anyone missed any of the items in said box. If the items disappear without notice or family grumblings, give them away, quickly, before you change your mind and bring them back into your house to start the colossal closed-loop clutter cycle all over again.
And you can thank me in the comments below.
If your problem is that you need to be a bit more strict about how you organize items, visit our Trash Backwards app where the item “organizers” will show you all sorts of ways to make organizers from things you’re throwing away for things you don’t know where to put.
Or, you might just want to try my clutter box method after all.