January Declutter idea ~ Setting up a “limbo” box or area.
If you say that someone or something is in limbo, you mean that they are in a situation where they seem to be caught between two stages and it is unclear what will happen next. It makes this process of decluttering easier because you don’t have to decide the fate of every item right now!
Choose a space that is out of the way of daily activities and will be a place you can comfortably allow to get messy for a little bit. A closet or guest room is perfect, but any small area or corner near your front door will do. The “limbo box” is a halfway house where things sit while their fate is being decided. (and it doesn’t have to be a box – a big bag or pile in a corner works too!)
Limbo box Rules
- Anything can go in
- It’s allowed to get messy
- Everything must stay in the limbo box for at least one week
- After that time you have several choices: Take anything back out, leave anything you are undecided about for one more week, or dispose of the rest by moving to the garbage, recycling bin, or giveaway pile
Once you get used to separating first and disposing of later, you’ll find that clearing clutter gets easier and easier.
To get started today:
Set up a limbo box according to the rules above, and then find one thing in your home that fits the bill to put in it.
Your “limbo box” is an out-of-the-way middle place where you can confidently get things out of your way without letting go of them completely.