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Contain Method: How to Let Go of Clutter Without Feeling Guilty

Have you ever struggled with cluttered drawers or overstuffed shelves? It can be overwhelming to decide what to keep and what to toss. That's where Dana K. White's Container Method comes in. She's the mastermind behind "Decluttering at the Speed of Life" and the "Container Method" for decluttering. The idea is to designate a specific container for the items you are storing, whether it's a sock drawer, a toy bin, a shelf, or even a closet.

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The key is to fill the container with only the items you truly love and use regularly, without having to force things in or struggle to close the container. This means being willing to part with items that don't make the cut. It can be tough, but remember, it's the container that's the bad guy, not you!


Take your sock drawer for example. We start by taking out all your socks. Next, start putting your favorite socks in a drawer first until it's comfortably full - no cramming allowed. Any socks that didn't fit in the drawer should be considered for donation or tossed out. Of course, there may be a few socks you really like that didn't make the cut, so you can swap them out one-for-one with socks you like less. This way, you'll end up with a sock collection that you truly love!


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I use this method with my kids toys on a regular basis. My son has a bin of dinosaurs and we agreed that we can only keep as many dinos as can fit in there. So whenever he adds a new one, we just swap it with one that he doesn't play with much anymore. And if he doesn't want to let go of any he already owns, it's totally cool too. We just give the new dino to a kid who might not have any dino toys at all. He's usually quite cooperative about it....usually, I mean he is 4...sometimes we have to work through it a bit.

This method is one of my favorites. By sticking to the container's limits, you're allowing room for only the important things. Sometimes it can be hard to let go, but I find that donating items to those who may appreciate them more gives us a sense of relief. The container method is worth a try to see how it can transform the way you organize your home!

If you still are finding yourself battling clutter and need a little extra help getting organized, I'm your girl! As your decluttering bestie, I offer virtual organization services to help you get your space under control. Whether you need a coach, an accountability partner, or just someone to cheer you on, I'm here to help. So if you're ready to finally conquer the chaos and get your home in order, let's chat and see how we can work together!



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