Outbox

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Hello!  It’s a new week.  Okay – so it’s Tuesday.  I’m on the hunt for banker boxes to store items in to put in a holding area, or “outbox” as apartment therapy calls it.

I had a few boxes on hand last night and got right to it. I grabbed a box and meandered through the apartment, putting items in that I’m not sure where they should go.  Ended up with two boxes of “pretty” – items I want to display or pretty storage that is not needed at the moment.  Then I filled a box for donation and began another pile for media (books, DVDs and CDs that are scattered throughout the apartment).

Because space was cleared out in the kitchen closet, I was able to put items away in the closet that had been lingering on the dining table.

Above you see the donation box, a bag full of empty gallon bottles that needs to go to the plastic recycling dumpster, my purse and gym bag.  The broken chair has been my “launch pad” in the mornings – where I place items to go with me for the day.

My friend Kirsten is the one who suggested banker boxes as storage and to take to the thrift store with donations.  I then did research and found this article about putting things in a holding area/outbox..and the artist suggested banker boxes!  I’m getting the hint!  Will be picking up 10 boxes for $9.99 at Office Depot this week.  Maybe 20 boxes!  Here’s what Apartment Therapy says about the Outbox.

What is an Outbox?
Essentially, it’s a container that holds everything that you are considering subtracting from your space. Gillingham-Ryan calls call it “a halfway house for your clutter, where things go to sit while their fate is being decided.”

Here is how he describes the very smart underpinnings of the Outbox:

“The Outbox is your ally as you proceed to remove clutter from your home. it works because it uses a two-step process that allows you to figure out if your need something without having to decide what to do with it immediately.

Most clutter clearers will tell you to sort through your belongings and remove a certain amount to the garbage, to recycling, or to a giveaway pile. This is a first-generation clutter-clearing approach. It focuses mainly on identifying clutter that will immediately be taken away. The problem with first-generation thinking is that it doesn’t take into account that there are two problems: how to sort out the clutter and how to detach from individual items. Separation anxiety is the far bigger problem.

When faced with two anxiety-provoking decisions—where something should go (its value to the world) and whether one can separate from it (its value to the owner)—most people get stuck and simply hold on to things as a default. Second-generation clutter management unhitches these two stressful decisions. it deals with separation first and decides how and where to get clutter out of your apartment later.”

Love this idea.  My office area is now the Outbox.  Can’t wait to have a stack of boxes to grab to fill with donation items and storage.  This decluttering thing could be addicting!

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