Once you have your living room the way you like it: Keep it clutter free! According to The Story of Stuff
, we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago. An independent study in the UK revealed the average 10 year old owns 238 toys, but only plays with 12. We’re drowning in our stuff
Is the clutter and chaos in your house getting you down? Have an unexpected visitor arriving in 1-minute? Here’s a quick fix that’ll solve your clutter calamaties:
When you’re overwhelmed by accumulated surface clutter atop counters and other furnishings in your house, find the nearest empty box and quickly fill it with the items covering your horizontal surfaces. Even the children’s floordrobes can get the box treatment. If the items in question have been sitting there for days, it’s likely because there’s just no obvious place to put them. A box is as likely a place as any.
And where does the box go?
We suggest you stuff it in a closet or storage space for a few weeks to see if anyone missed any of the items in said box. If the items disappear without notice or family grumblings, GIVE THEM AWAY
on the BuyNothing app!
Don’t ask yourself whether the items bring you joy.
Think of the joy you felt when they were off your counters, no longer between you and the front door. No, get rid of them quickly, but thoughtfully, without throwing them away. Feel the joy in giving them to another loving person before you change your mind and bring them back into your house to start the colossal closed-loop clutter cycle all over again.
And you can thank us by posting a gratitude post in the app. : )