Saturday, January 7, 2012

Box a week challenge - organizing strategy

I started the box a week challenge several months ago, and finally found something that works for a gal like me...someone who doesn't have a full day to herself that can be dedicated to de-cluttering and organizing.  This works because it isn't overwhelming!

All this de-cluttering/organizing has had a great impact on my family.  We've had conversations about how much we have, and how others do not.  We've talked a lot about the difference between wants and needs.  My kids have gotten on board and have filled boxes to donate too. They go with us to donate toys and clothes.  I like it that they physically are involved...and that we don't just talk about it.

I noticed the difference in my older kids when I heard them making their Christmas lists and talking about how they wanted two or three things...because they knew they were blessed and didn't need more stuff to be happier.  Can I get an amen? 

Less stuff = less to clean up/pick up.
Less stuff to pick up = more playtime.
Less stuff = more fun.

What I do every week:
~grab a box
~fill it with stuff to donate or sell
~one box per week has turned into three or more
~drive the boxes to my local shelter and/or Goodwill 

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life
with just baggage enough." 
(author unknown)


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