During the 20/20 Home Cure we're asked to make an "outbox" for our home. You can check out Maxwell's video on the subject if you missed it, but essentially it's a place to put items you think you can live without. In addition to this, we've also added an "upcycle box" and here's why:
During my first Home Cure many moons ago, the idea of starting an outbox for my home was relatively new. My husband and I might have rounded up items once in awhile to be donated or given away, but usually it was more like once a year instead of a continual thing.
Since the Home Cure came into our life, we've been keeping up with the outbox habit (which helps keep our home much more sound and tidy), and we've even added an additional one to the mix. An upcycle box.
There are items in our home that we don't especially love and think we could repurpose. It's been a great intermediate step between heading to the thrift store and getting unused items unburied from the back of my closet. If an item has any crafting or repurposing value at all, we toss it in. If we haven't used within a month, then it goes in the outbox.
Since we drop off our outbox weekly, items don't stay for very long. But it does force us to think of ways to reuse these things before discarding them.
As Martha would say, it's a good thing. Do you do something similar in your home? Let us know in the comments below!
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