A bag of bags. A box of boxes.
I never met a client who didn’t have a stash of plastic bags. Or paper grocery sacks. Or empty boxes. Or all three. Heck, I have them too! These are some of the easiest things to accumulate in one’s home to the point of ridiculousness.
Organizing isn’t just about making things look nice and tidy. It’s about being able to find what you need when you need it. And that gets more and more difficult the more stuff you have. To a large extent, organizing is about setting limits.Organizing isn’t just about making things look nice and tidy. It’s about setting limits. Click To Tweet
Just exactly how many plastic bags do you need? It depends…what do you need them for? (I need them for scooping litter boxes.) Same for paper sacks. (I’m accumulating them slower and using them less often.) And boxes. (I do still occasionally mail a package. And sometimes items that are fragile, or have lots of pieces, are best corralled into a box before donating.)
But I limit the number I keep. I nest them and pack them semi-tightly. Many plastic bags can be easily scrunched into another plastic bag. One open paper sack can hold a number of folded-up paper sacks. Small and medium boxes can be nested and kept inside a large box.
Same goes for tote bags. And gift bags. And luggage. And purses.
Once you have decided how many of something you really need, and containerize it, it’s much easier to let the rest go. You will rest assured that there will be a box, bag, or tote at your disposal whenever you need it, and you can recycle or donate the rest.
If you get a new box, or tote bag, that you really like but it won’t fit inside your existing box or tote bag, it’s time to let go of one that you never use or don’t like as much. Just don’t let your containers overflow and start a new pile of clutter!
How many bags, boxes and such do you have at your house? How many do you need?
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