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The Maybe Box: The Best Secret to Help You Declutter Your Life

The Maybe Box: The Best Secret to Help You Declutter Your Life

I’ve found one trick that makes it a lot easier to ruthlessly and effectively declutter your life and home. And that trick is the “maybe box”!

The maybe box is one of my favourite decluttering tools ever. Making it so much easier to make brave, bold and ruthless decluttering decisions. Without fear or fear of regret holding you back from letting things go!

If you’re looking for a way to declutter your life and home more ruthlessly, I highly recommend you give the maybe box a try.

In today’s post, I’ll share exactly what a maybe box is, the benefits of using one, and how to effectively use it to its maximum potential.

Let’s get into it!

The Maybe Box: The Best Secret to Help You Declutter Your Life

What is a maybe box?

A maybe box is basically a place to hold things you’re unsure about getting rid of. Giving you time and space to experiment with living without those items. So you can test if you really need them or can let them go.

How does a maybe box work?

A maybe box is a simple, but highly effective tool when it comes to helping you be more ruthless when you’re decluttering.

Here’s how it works:

Anytime you’re decluttering and come across something you’re not sure if you should get rid of, or are really struggling to let go of, put it in a box.

Then seal the box and put it somewhere out of sight for a set amount of time. Ideally 1 to 3 months, but it could be even longer if you’d prefer. Put a reminder in your phone to come back to the box after that amount of time.

When you get the reminder, if you haven’t needed, wanted or even thought about anything in the box, get rid of it knowing you’ll be just fine without it.

What are the benefits of using a maybe box?

There are a lot of benefits of using a maybe box to declutter your life and home.

First, a maybe box is like a decluttering safety net. It lets you be more ruthless with your decluttering decisions. Without fear or the fear of regretting getting rid of something causing you to hold onto clutter. You can make braver and bolder decluttering decisions because you know if you change your mind about getting rid of anything, you can get it out of your maybe box.

A maybe box also gives you time and space away from your items to see if you’ll actually need or miss them. This time and space are the perfect way to give you a better perspective about what you really use and need, and what’s just clutter.

It gives you the opportunity to experiment with living without an item to see how it goes. You might realize you do need or miss an item. In that case, you can easily retrieve the item from the maybe box because it’s not permanently gone right away.

But more often, you realize once an item is out of sight, you don’t really miss or need it at all. This experiment clearly shows you that you’ll be able to comfortably live without an item.

When should you use a maybe box?

A maybe box is the perfect tool to use whenever you’re decluttering a category of stuff that you struggle to make decisions about.

I personally find a maybe box very helpful when I’m decluttering clothes. Putting items I’m struggling to let go of in a maybe box lets me experiment with living without them so I can see if I miss them or not. Most often, some time and space away from those items makes it a lot easier to let them go.

It’s also worth noting that a couple of times I did retrieve an item of clothing from my maybe box. But every single time I did, I ended up donating the item shortly after anyway. There was always something I didn’t like about it that made it end up in the maybe box in the first place. So it’s helpful to remember that if you really used, loved or needed an item, it likely wouldn’t end up in your maybe box to begin with!

A maybe box can be helpful with other categories of stuff that are tricky to declutter. Things like sentimental items, things you’re keeping “just in case”, things you think you “might” need, etc.

Tips to make your maybe box even more effective

As with any tool, there are ways to make it more effective and work harder for you. And the maybe box is no different.

Here are some tips to help you use a maybe box most effectively to declutter your life and home.

Use your maybe box selectively

The first important thing to remember is to only use your maybe box for items you’re really not sure about. Only for the items you’re really struggling to decide whether you should keep or declutter them.

If you put too many items in your maybe box, you’re not really decluttering. You’re simply shuffling clutter from one spot to another spot. Plus, if you have too many items in your maybe box, it’ll become overwhelming to deal with. And is simply postponing the decluttering decisions you need to make.

Make as many decluttering decisions as you can right away as you’re decluttering. Decide what to keep and what to get rid of in the moment as much as you can. Save the maybe box for the items you’re really unsure about or are struggling to make decisions about.

Rather than letting your agonizing about what to do with a difficult item slow down your decluttering progress, put those tricky items in your maybe box and continue decluttering the rest of the space.

Don’t forget to set a reminder

Another key to using a maybe box effectively is making sure to set a reminder to come back to the box at some point in the future. A maybe box lets you postpone making a decision about whether to keep or get rid of items for a while. But eventually, the decision has to be made if you want to make progress in decluttering your home.

A reminder will ensure you come back to your maybe box in a timely manner and can continue removing clutter from your home.

It also reminds you how much time has passed without you needing or missing the items in your maybe box. This is a great confirmation that you don’t need to keep the items.

Get rid of your maybe box without looking inside

Another great way to make your maybe box work even harder for you is avoiding opening and looking through it when you get your reminder.

When you get your reminder, if you haven’t needed or wanted anything in the maybe box, donate it all without looking through it again. That way you’ll be less likely to second guess or talk yourself into keeping things.

Remember, you already experimented with living without those items. If you didn’t need or want them in the time they were in the maybe box, you don’t need them! Make it easier on yourself and let the box go without even looking inside.

Use a “donatable” box for your maybe box

And finally, the last tip to help make your maybe box even more effective is using a donatable maybe box. Something like a cardboard box or plastic tote bin you don’t need anymore and can donate right along with the items in the maybe box.

Try a maybe box today!

Try a maybe box the next time you’re decluttering and are struggling to make a decluttering decision. Let it be a tool to help you make braver, bolder and more ruthless decluttering decisions!

Have you ever tried a maybe box to declutter your life and home? Are you going to try it now? Leave a comment below and let me know!

The Maybe Box: The Best Secret to Help You Declutter Your Life

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Winter

Saturday 27th of April 2024

My experience with all maybe's, I will not want to use them anymore, they always disappear out of my house. Sometimes they have taken my attention several times about deciding (energy consuming). It is the donation box with me already, I can take items out, for always putting them back in again to get rid of.

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 29th of April 2024

I agree! When something is a "maybe" it's because we already know we don't use or love it! Thanks for reading :)

Diane

Sunday 24th of March 2024

This is such a good tool for declutterring—keeping you moving instead of stalling over certain items. Revisiting the box at reminder time is perfect! I’m going to enlist my best declutter friend to participate at her house. We can compare notes. It sounds more like fun than work!

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 25th of March 2024

Yes! It can really help you make progress just like you said! Thanks for reading :)

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