When I first saw the assignment for setting up an outbox I thought that I wouldn't have much need for one. With such a small space I run a pretty tight ship, and keeping things pared down is a daily exercise.
I was wrong. Despite my daily efforts, things have a way of accumulating in the spaces you don't consider too often. Sure things look great out in the open, but I had managed to squirrel away craft supplies under the sink, in my office file box, and amongst my photo equipment. Another offender? When I took the time to revisit bookshelves I found that we actually had duplicates of a few of the volumes. Yikes. The closet and the medicine cabinet also produced plenty of candidates for the outbox, and once I had finished the actual "box" was buried beneath the heap surrounding it.
Here's how I dealt with the contents:
1. I moved seasonal items like the leftover Christmas decor into our Public Storage unit, along with boxes from some of our newer electronics in case we want to resell them later.
2. I tossed anything that was past its useful life: threadbare clothes, unrecognizable dog toys, etc.
3. I returned anything I had borrowed and was no longer using.
4. I repaired anything that needed it.
5. I donated items that were still in good condition but no longer serving a purpose in my home.
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(Image credits: Kim Lucian)