Peter Walsh's One Month Cardboard Box Test

Peter Walsh's One Month Cardboard Box Test

Beth Zeigler
Mar 20, 2009

032009clutter-01.jpgWe had the opportunity to meet Peter Walsh twice last year when he was the guest speaker at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards and then as the keynote speaker at the 2008 NAPO Conference. We love how Peter's organizing style is accessible to the public--making the road to clear the clutter easy to understand (and keeping it fun at the same time). For clutter in the kitchen, Peter has a simple way to determine what to keep and what to toss...

And he calls it the One Month Cardboard Box Test. We found this one minute clip on Oprah's website, where you can find a handful of others just like it. For this test to clear clutter, all you'll need is a box. You'll want to first empty all the contents of your utensil drawer into the box. Over the course of a month, each time you use a utensil from the box, put it back into the drawer. After the four weeks, whatever items are left in the cardboard box, you might want to consider tossing. We love this idea for items we can't make a decision on and could see using the test for clothes (but extending the amount of time). Check out more of Peter's one minute videos here.

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