1-Minute De-Clutter Trick

By Liesl Clark

Happy Playing Kids + Dog = Clutter. Photo © Liesl Clark

Happy Playing Kids + Dog = Clutter. Photo © Liesl Clark

Is the clutter in your house getting you down? Here’s a quick fix that’ll solve your clutter calamaties:

A box.

Have clutter troubles? Think inside the box. Photo © Liesl Clark

Have clutter troubles? Think inside the box. Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

The clutter box. Photo © Liesl Clark

The clutter box. Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

This clutter-free surface is brought to you by "the clutter box." Photo © Liesl Clark

This clutter-free surface is brought to you by “the clutter box.” Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

Click Through for 50+ Organizers at Trash Backwards

Click Through for 50+ Organizers at Trash Backwards

Or, you might just want to try my clutter box method after all.

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4 Comments on “1-Minute De-Clutter Trick”

  1. roger
    March 15, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Love it!

  2. March 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    The key to clutter being put away is everything having its place – naturally some stuff never gets a place, or the place doesn’t suit the thing (too small, not near where it’s needed/used). It’s an endless game-keeping things uncluttered! So you have a great simple solution in a box!

  3. March 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on Green Momma Adventures and commented:
    Oh, I am going to do this… in one minute. I always use a box but then the box just sits there, looking at me funny, until I get around to sorting it all out. I’m trying to do 40 bags in 40 days and right now I have one bag when I should have five ready to get out the door.

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