Organizing Strategy To Live By: One In, One Out
Today, teacups, I want to discuss one of the most important and basic organizing strategies. Those who follow this rule never struggle to keep their homes in order, and they never find themselves bogged down in clutter. It will change everything, promise.
One in, one out.
You’ve no doubt heard of it before, maybe rolled your eyes at it as well, but it’s floating around out there for a reason. Thing works.
Let’s think this through: your space has a limit to the amount of stuff it can comfortably contain. Unlike groceries, when you bring material goods home they don’t dissipate. You won’t use up your sweater like you will your jar of jam. So stuff remains. And then we keep adding more to the mix. Without subtracting in like quantities, it is inevitable that the end result will be cluttered, chaotic, over-stuffed spaces.
You must establish the “stuff equilibrium” for your space. Maybe you feel good about how much you have right now, maybe your closet or your bookcases are filled just the right amount. Great, start applying the one in, one out upon your next purchase. If that’s not the case, if you’re living far beyond your spatial means, then you have some serious editing work to do. Weed out, then begin implementing the one in, one out.
In order to maintain that equilibrium, you must obviously compensate when a new item is added. Re-balance the scales by editing out a similar item. Buy a new t-shirt? Get rid of an old, yellow-arm-pitted stained one. A new hardcover added to the shelf? Part with another title you no longer feel attached to. Purchase new towels? Toss some older ones that are fraying at the edges. Treat yourself to a new eye shadow? Let go of another one. Your babe gets a new toy? Decide together which toy you’re ready to donate to another child. ETC.
I know it may sound corny. I know. But it will make all the difference in your space. It will alleviate you of the impending, overwhelming clutter situation– that moment when you finally realize you’ve let things spiral out of control, you’ve lost your hold on your home and you’re in deep doo-doo in the Live Simply department.
One in, one out.
Get to it.Image credits: Vogue, El Pais
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