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Declutter Your Home Using The 5 Box Method

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of junk can be overwhelming. But like with most things in life, the hardest part is getting started.  With this simple-to-follow method and a little willpower, it is possible to conquer the clutter in your home.

Find 5 boxes and label them with these 5 categories:


These are items that you need or use on a regular basis. Monitor yourself by determining if you have a place for each item. If you do not have the space for all of these items, go back through and reassess if you really need them. If so create a storage solution that fits the space without clutter.


Here is your chance to be generous. Think about how someone else might get use out of these items versus the use it gets in your home buried in cabinets or closets. These items should be in good condition and worth giving to your favorite charity or Goodwill.


You should consider the financial benefits of selling your stuff at a garage sale or online. These items should be in good condition and worth more than it would cost to organize the sale. If you know you’re unlikely to get around to it – DONATE IT!


These are the items that you do not use regularly but cannot part with. Only keep what you have the available storage space for.


This box should include any item that you do not need or want, and do not meet the selling or donating standards. Damaged and broken items should be included in the trash. Do not hold on to items you know you will never get around to fixing, selling or donating.

The Method

Work room by room and focus on one item at a time and determine its proper place. Work on one room at a time to provide yourself with an easy stopping point for interruptions. When you come to a stopping point, be sure to throw out the trash immediately. Close up the storage boxes and place the donate/sell boxes in the garage, or out of sight.

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