Don't Know What to Keep? Try the Quarantine Bin Method for Easy Decisions
Let's face it, we all get stuck sometimes when it comes to decluttering. It's hard to know what to keep and what to let go of, especially when we're just starting out. We start thinking, "But what if I need this thing I haven't used in years?" It can be super stressful! But fear not, my friends, because there's an awesome solution that can help take some of the pressure off: the quarantine bin method by the Minimal Mom. With this method, you can let the bin do the heavy lifting and finally say goodbye to all that unnecessary stress.
Dawn, aka the Minimal Mom, is a busy mama of four who's all about making life easier and helping the planet at the same time. She's come up with an awesome idea that will help you decide whether to keep or toss your stuff, without stressing you out. Say hello to the quarantine bin method! It's perfect for any room, but especially helpful for the kitchen, clothes, and toys.
Here's how it works:
Step 1: Pick a container
First things first, pick a container that you're going to use for your quarantine bin. It can be a
plastic bin, cardboard box, or anything else you have lying around. As long as it's not see-through, it'll do the trick.
Step 2: Quarantine those items
Next, go ahead and put those items in the box that you're really torn about. Try and reserve this method only for things the true stressors. If you are just kind of on the fence about some times, go ahead put let those items go. This should be for items that you are in analysis paralysis over because you are dreading making the wrong decision.
Step 3: Label the box
Label your container with a short description of the contents, like clothes, toys, or kitchen stuff, and set an expiration date. This date is when you'll be getting rid of the items in the box. I suggest giving yourself a month or two but you can really custom it to what you are comfortable with. When the expiration date comes, it's time for those items to go.
Step 4: Stash the bin
Now it's time to store the bin somewhere out of sight. Remember, this is a temporary holding place for these items, and only time will tell if you're going to keep them or not. If you do end up needing something in the box, feel free to take it out, but don't go rummaging through the box again.
Step 5: Donate the goods
Once your expiration date rolls around, it's time to donate those items. Don't give into the temptation to look through the box again, as it'll just make you second-guess your decision. The quarantine box has helped make the decision for you. Let go of those items that are just taking up precious space in your home, and feel good knowing that you're making room for the things that truly matter.
So there you have it! The Minimal Mom has made it easy and stress-free to evaluate the items in your home and take back control. Remember, reducing clutter is all about taking small steps, and the quarantine bin method is a great place if you are really getting held up by decluttering angst. So why not give it a go and see how much lighter and happier you feel in your newly simplified space?