The 3 Box Rule has helped me the most in my efforts to dejunk my home. I’ve used it for years and still do every time I clean out an area in my house. So simple yet so effective! These three boxes with a couple other instructions will aid you in your effort to make life a little less messy and complicated.
Get 3 large sturdy boxes and label them as follows.
(Downloadable signs below if you want to get fancy.)
This box is for garbage and items that are no longer usable or worthwhile for anyone to use or keep.
2. GIVE AWAY
Things that still have use but you don’t need anymore. Take these items to the thrift store and let someone else benefit from them.
3. PUT AWAY
Items that go in another room in your home.
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Printable Signs To Tape On Boxes
Working in ONE ROOM AT A TIME, put your boxes in the center of that room. Starting in one spot and working around the room go through things and toss them in the appropriate box using this IMPORTANT GUIDELINE: If you haven’t used it in 13 months chances are you will never use it. (This allows for holidays)
After you’ve completed a room, deal with each box you’ve filled RIGHT THEN AND THERE. Put away the items that belong in other rooms. Take your throw away items and dump them in an outside trash bin if at all possible. Put the items you will give away in another box or bag and CLOSE IT. Place it in your car and take to the Thrift Store as soon as it’s convenient. The key point here is to get all your box items out of sight and out of your home as fast as you can. Otherwise its way too tempting to pull things back out.