I live in a very tiny two bedroom apartment with little to pretty much no storage. So apart from only bringing the necessities with us, my husband and I are constantly looking for ways to cut clutter.
So I started brainstorming about some of the biggest things that cause clutter in our lives. And what I discovered was a pretty broad thing.
My husband and I are pack rats. We don't like to throw anything away in case someone we know or we will need it some day in the future. If it is still in working condition, or has no damages we try to find some justifiable excuse to keep it. Especially in the clothes department.
So I saw something on pinterest (I saw several versions of this and unfortunately I don't remember which one I found first.) about making a donation box. This completely solved all our problems! We could put clothes and other things in the box, and if sometime in the future we needed it we could just go pull it out and take it. And if we didn't need anything from it by the time it filled up, then we knew it would be time to give it away.
We plan on taking all our clothes in the donate box to Plato's Closet, a great store to trade in gently used clothes for cash or for other gently used name brand clothes. They're really picky about what they take so it is a great consignment shop. Anything they wouldn't accept and the rest of the contents of the box (kitchen appliances we don't need, etc) we could donate to Goodwill. Someone somewhere will get a good use out of our stuff that we don't need anymore so it doesn't seem like a waste but we still get it out of our hair. Yay for donating!
All we did to make this was grabbing an old sturdy bag (mine happened to be a huge one I had from a previous bookstore shopping experience) and started filling it up! However, now that we have this, its filling up pretty quickly so I may have to upgrade to a bigger bag!
What have you been doing to cut clutter lately? Have you ever thought of making a donation box before?