I have one. Do you?
I’m talking about the most important container you can own for keeping a clean house.
It’s a humble container. It’s inexpensive.
Yet without it, the clutter builds and builds until it overwhelms you.
What is it?
The donation box!
Why is it so important?
It makes decluttering easy! And the easier something is to do, the more you will do it.
Why Have a Donation Box?
Think about it. Decluttering can be a real pain. When I haven’t decluttered in a while, it goes something like this –
First, I grab a couple of trash bags. Then I empty out a drawer. After that, I sort through the clothes, putting some in the trash bag, some in the donation bag (hopefully I don’t get the bags mixed up), and then I return what I’m keeping to the drawer.
That’s just for one drawer.
Imagine this instead: You pull a shirt out of your drawer. It doesn’t fit anymore. Instead of putting it back into the drawer to await the big declutter session, you throw it straight into the donation box.
Every couple of weeks (or maybe once a month) while you’re out running errands, you just throw the donation box into the car and drop it off at the charity of your choice!
If you make it a habit, you soon realize that keeping the house decluttered is easy. If you don’t use something, just put it in the donation box right away, instead of putting it away to deal with later.Do you have the one container every organized home needs?Click To Tweet
Several years ago I heard a saying that clutter equals a decision deferred. Isn’t it the truth?
When you set something aside instead of finding a permanent place for it or getting rid of it, you end up with clutter. The donation box helps you make the decision quickly.
The Donation Box and Children
When my kids’ rooms are getting out of control, I just ask them to find 5 items for the donation box.
At first one of them squawked about it, but after a while, donating just became a part of life. And hopefully teaching the kids to declutter early on will help them declutter on their own as they grow older.
Where Should You Put Your Donation Box?
The donation box should go in a prominent location. We keep ours in our office, which is right off our front door. I pass that area frequently, which means I’ll see it frequently and remember to get rid of stuff.
Since it’s close to our front door, I see it when I’m on my way out the door, too. That helps me remember to grab it when I’m heading out to run errands.
Make Your Donation Box Beautiful
There’s nothing super-beautiful about an old cardboard box or Rubbermaid tote. I like to dress up my donation box, so it will be more pleasant to look at. Because I want to look at it to remind myself to get rid of stuff!
I created a printable sign that says, “Donate. Let Someone Else Love It!” This reminds my family that giving something away blesses someone else. For the kids, especially, it makes the act of letting go a little easier.
If you’d like to use my donate sign, you can download it here (PDF).
The donation box has transformed my house. Instead of doing an overwhelming amount of decluttering once a year, we have made decluttering an ongoing process. And that goes a long way toward keeping our house organized!
If you enjoyed this article, you’ll enjoy the following:
- Minimizing Your Stuff for a Maximum Life
- My War On Clutter
- Decluttering My Bedroom Closet – a Post in Pictures
Question: Do you have a system for regularly giving stuff away? What is your system?