As appealing as it might sound to get rid of extra stuff you have lying around in your home, it’s also difficult to practice since, most of the time, we can’t distinguish items we need to keep and which ones we can live without, especially if you’re like the rest of us who constantly get plagued by the thought “I might need this someday!” every time we try to declutter.
However, TED Ideas has one suggestion you can try if decluttering is among your new year’s resolutions: Put all the items you don’t use in a single box, then forget that box exists.
In his TED Talk, minimalist designer Graham Hill revealed that years ago, he had a “box of shame” that he kept lugging around every time he moved to a new apartment. Though he initially assumed that the contents of the box were important because he would always be carrying it around, he eventually realized that that box had gone unopened for so long because it contained items he could live without.
“What’s in the box? It doesn’t really matter. I know I don’t need it. What’s in yours?” Hill said.
If you always find yourself keeping infrequently-used items in various nooks around your home because you think they’ll still be useful to you sometime in the future, TED Ideas has an approach you can try out: Store those items in a box, tape it up, then place it in a closet or corner.
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Then, set a notification on your phone for 12 months after that date (or just write it on the next year’s calendar). If you haven’t opened that box even once by the time that date comes around, you’ll know it’s time to get rid of everything in the box.
Would you ever try this simple decluttering technique? Share your experience with us!