What is the Four Box Method of decluttering?

Life is chaotic. One thing that we can do to manage the chaos is to create a clutter free space because many people don’t realize the impact that clutter can have on their mental well-being. . 

So let’s begin.

Gather four bins (could be a box, clear plastic bag etc) and label them: Keep/Relocate; Give Away; Storage; Garbage. 

Choose one area to focus on. It can be a room or, if that’s too much, then choose a closet or a corner of the room. 

As you look at each item, decide whether you will keep it. If it is to stay in the area you are working in then put it away where it belongs. If you are keeping it but it needs a new home then put it in the Keep/Relocate bin. 

If you examine an item and decide you don’t need it, determine whether you will sell it, donate it or throw it in the garbage. Ultimately, this will depend on the condition of the item and how much time/energy you have in finding it another home. If you don’t have the time to post each item or answer inquiries and arrange pickup then donation may be the better option. 

The storage bin is for off-season items that can be kept in another location. For example, seasonal décor, off-season clothing, seasonal sporting equipment. 

The key is monitoring your intake of items AND regular maintenance. After you have fully purged your home, schedule maintenance every few months to stay ahead of it. 

About Pauline

Pauline Hoffman, CPO® founded Just In Time Solutions in November of 2001. Her clients feel comfortable and at ease as they make important, and sometimes daunting decisions about their space and belongings. Clients often comment how much easier their lives have become, which allows them to maintain a more independent lifestyle, regardless of age and/or ability.

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