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The One Box Method to Declutter Your Home

As I was vacuuming my house at 8PM last night (Who vacuums that late on a Friday night, anyway?), I started to think about the journey ahead of me to declutter my life, my home and to simplify.

We all know an organised home makes for a more organised life. But when you have let things get a little or a lot out of control with clutter and disorganisation, suddenly the task to simplify your life becomes a really daunting one.

So with work, a baby, study and hobbies to fit in, what is a quick way to declutter your house? The one box method!

One box method to declutter your house - simple and effortless while also getting that decluttering done around the home.


As a hoarder I have a collection of everything I do and don’t need. That included an abundance of cardboard boxes, left over from parcels, bulk nappies or whatever large item purchases recently.

The cardboard box hoarding is one of the habits that drives my husband craziest! So I decided to put my box collection to use.

Chances are like me, you likely have some areas of your home that could use a clean up.

Old paperwork that needs sorting, random rubbish that hasn’t made its way to the bin or clothes that are passed their used by date. Broken toys. Out of date cosmetics. There are plenty of areas that could use a declutter and cull.


  • Grab an empty box that’s destined for the garbage. In the absence of a box, plastic shopping bags work too.
  • Pick an area that needs decluttering and start sorting, throwing all your unwanted items in the box.
  • Keep going til you fill the box. This means moving to a new area if it isn’t full yet.
  • Throw the box out with the rubbish and feel proud… you just decluttered an area of your home in just a few minutes.

Do this every time you have a box floating around your home until you have every corner, garage, outdoors, indoors, etc completely decluttered.

And even then, the home collects random ‘crap’ over time so once your entire house has had the overhaul, you can do this every month or two after that to maintain an organised abode.

Not only do you get to declutter your home painlessly, but also keep the other half happy by disposing of unnecessary boxes and packaging you were saving for a rainy day… for no apparent reason!

The one box method to declutter your home

As an extra step, you may want to keep a second box of things you want to donate, sell or giveaway while you work too. Not everything deserves the fate of the garbage truck.

Pretty easy, huh? Even for us procrastinating, lazy, cleaning hating folk.

Although if you need to amplify your decluttering action, jump on over to the Simplify My Life challenge page and check out a whole year worth of organising, simplifying and decluttering tips I have put together to help you simplify your life, with lots of printables to help you along the way, or read my 35 ways to declutter that actually work. Tried and true!

Do you have any tips to declutter your home?

16 thoughts on “The One Box Method to Declutter Your Home”

  1. Haha, what a cute little helper you have! Did you find anything that you thought you should throw away, but didn’t because it had sentimental value or you just couldn’t bear the thought of throwing away? Nothing wrong with being a hoarder…sometimes when you need something, you know you’ve got it stashed somewhere around the house ;)

    You’re not the only one. I like cleaning my house on Friday nights. Especially the closet!

  2. I wasn’t vacuuming last night – but I do go on cleaning/decluttering “binges” where I tell myself I have a half hour and that I’ll “get as far as I get”. Or if I stand up, I say I have to pick up 10 things before sitting down. I figure it’s little things that make a difference overtime without making cleaning feel overwhelming.

    The box idea is a good one!

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  4. Thanks for linking up with us on Wallet Watching Wednesday!!

    I love this tip. I have a particular room in my house that’s a junk room at the moment, I should really grab a box and do this!
    Also, I’ve definitely vacuumed at 8pm before, you’re most certainly not alone :P

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    1. Hope you manage to fill that box with lots of unnecessary stuff and feel good after. I have actually got a recent thrifty post to share on the latest linky. Popping over there now :)

  6. Holly, that sounds so reasonable and easy :)
    I’m one of those people who tries to do too much: I am doing yoga and notice the floor needs vacuuming. When I’m done, I figure I should dust before I vacuum, so that any dust will fall on the ground and can be vacuumed up. And when I dust and vacuum, I straighten first, and then I realize I need to empty the bagless chamber, and since I’m taking out trash, I might as well take out all the trashes . . .
    And suddenly the afternoon is gone and the floor still hasn’t been vacuumed.
    So yes, I’ll focus on decluttering 1 box at a time.
    Thanks for sharing at the Retro Re-Pin Party. I hope to see you there next week starting Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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