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November 26, 2010

Boxed up discussions

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:19 am

So I was talking to someone else who is moving into a tiny studio apartment (in assisted living). I explained our system to him and somewhat codified it. Note that we were not *quite* this intense about it, but we had several months where he has only a month:

For stuff:
Get four boxes and color code them. (You can have colored stickies, markers, whatever, but MARK the boxes so you don’t get them mixed up).

Mark these boxes:
1) Essential stuff. This is stuff you use every day and every week and if you did not have it, you would be FORCED to buy it again because you can not live without it. (toothbrush, hair brush, a FEW cups, etc.)

2) Stuff I love. This is stuff you can not replace, that you would grab first in a fire, that has a story precious to you (Your paternal grandfather’s wedding cups)

3) Stuff someone else I know would love. It is much easier to pare down if you can imagine your friend enjoying this (Jan our cooking friend would love our spring-loaded cheesecake pan).

4) Donate. It is much easier to pare down if you are giving to a good cause. We set aside books for jails, etc.

Then go to a wall in your house. The rule of the game is: Everything on that wall must go into one of the four boxes. Essentials should be put in a special corner of the house so you can find what you need while you are living there.
Stuff I love should be then divided into storage or take with.
Get some help to do the give away boxes and get those out as soon as possible.

You can thus SEE your progress as you go from one end of the house to the other.

Do the same thing only with three boxes:
To file
To shred


  1. Great system!
    I was wondering how you handle books, CD’s (movies), and video games?

    Also how to handle specialized supplies and items related to doing arts (like my folding easel for oil painting, tools for stained glass, wood blocks and special tools for print making, supplies for sculpture).

    Comment by Mike — November 26, 2010 @ 1:29 pm |Reply

    • honestly, we did the same thing. My wife’s art supplies, all of our books, etc. Luckily, my works are now at the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities–so I was able to just box stuff up for them.

      Comment by accessahut — November 26, 2010 @ 1:51 pm |Reply

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