There are a couple of things that I came across over the weekend that I thought would be helpful on the journey toward simplicity. I thought I’d share them and use them myself.
Create a “Ditch-It Drawer”: This drawer is a place for us to keep everything that needs to leave when we leave. You can also include other things that need to leave like bills that need to be sent, clothes that need mending, and smaller Goodwill items.
Using the “ditch-it drawer” is a great way to reduce clutter.We will clear our space of things that don’t belong there, and we will clear our mind of things that need to leave the house.
What am I talking about?
It’s not exactly hi-tech, just a space that we have in a traffic area that we walk by as we leave the house or apartment. It could be a bin or a drawer or if we are simplifying big time make it a closet. It could literally be a drawer in the kitchen or a small table near the door. It could also be a basket inside our closet or beside it.
How do I do this?
This is the easy part. Put the stuff that is going out in the bin, drawer, closet, or basket. Add to it stuff we need to remember for an errand or appointment. Bills and other important things could be put in a clear envelope on top so we don’t ditch those. Then when we walk by (this could be harder) remember to look when we leave. Daily stuff reduced by walking past it.
We can add another area like a donation box, bin, drawer, basket as well. Make simplifying easier – let’s give ourselves somewhere to keep items we are going to give away. If it’s a box that can go that is the best. Just take the box and the items in it and there we have it – donation complete.
Anyway, let’s just keep up each day – just a little can make a big difference. We won’t give up.
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7