So, I believe I am up to 148 gone from my home in my quest to rid our home of 365 items in 6 months. We’re off to a pretty good start! Today I’m going to address some “just in case” items. You know… “I should keep these things just in case…”
I have a HUGE stash of boxes and containers stored in our walk-up attic. I mean, really, a huge stash. I do not have a specific need for any of them. I have kept them all “just in case”. I have baskets, boxes, tins, jars. Because I am a professional organizer, I never know when I am going to need a container to contain something! Or, I might need a box to place a gift in for gift-wrapping. Or, as I did for my teenage son at Christmas- I might need a box to wrap inside a box, to wrap inside a box to hide a gift! But really- it was getting out -of-hand. So I made the tough decision to rid our home of some of these items.
Above you can see the 21 boxes, tins, and containers I removed from the stash. This is probably less than half of the “just in case” items, but it’s a start. Let’s talk about the self-talk I used to cull these items. First of all, I decided to keep decorative baskets and boxes designed to be storage and get rid of “trash”. Cookie tins and shoe boxes are trash. They were easy enough to discard. I initially hung on to the shoe boxes, because I had been thinking of using them for a project. Now the project is already done with boxes that worked better.
Do I still need the shoe boxes? No.
Why are you hanging on to baby wipe containers when you haven’t had a baby in over 6 years? Well, they came in handy for storing small things like diaper cream and nail clippers in the nursery.
Do you still have a nursery? Um…no.
Do you still have small things that need to be corralled? Probably yes.
Could you use one of the more decorative baskets or boxes that you decided to keep to corral small items should the need arise? Yes.
Then get rid of the baby wipe containers.
It was easy enough. So all of the above items got recycled except the crate which went into the “Yard Sale Pile”. We’ll talk more about that later!
I also decided to get rid of this box of toilet paper and gift wrap tubes. I initially collected them for a craft project. Then I decided I didn’t want to do the craft project. Bye bye tubes!
Not wanting to waste all these perfectly collected tubes, I e-mailed my youngest son’s art teacher and asked if she could use them. She was only too happy to take them! I did not count these items! For the purpose of this challenge I am going to call this “one box of cardboard tubes”. So they’ll be one item, bringing the total including this post to 170 items gone!