Detox Your Attic/Basement/Garage

By now we're getting pretty good at the detox/sort/get rid of stuff process. And it's a good thing that we're all practiced and ready because this next step is a big one!

Where is your storage place? Where is that one room that gets all the leftover boxes, shelves and piles of stuff that don't go anywhere else? Do you tuck them up in the attic? Down in the basement? Or maybe out in the garage? Perhaps the thought of tackling this project scares the daylights out of you, so let's take a look together.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10

It's human nature to employ the "out of sight out of mind" technique for things we don't want to deal with. If I put boxes in the attic, I may never see them again...which is a pretty tempting thought. If I only go out to that shed when I'm putting something new in, I won't have to think about it. Sound familiar?

And that's the problem with storage areas. We get lazy and just add to them as the need arises. The attic, basement and garage aren't places we can sort and organize in the same way as other parts of the house. (Unless you have endless days and don't mind junking up the rest of the house with all of that stuff. Then, more power to you.)

Instead, we'll clear out these areas little by little. This isn't a project for an afternoon or even a weekend. Start with one box, bag or suitcase near the entrance. Open...sort...organize...find a home. This may mean practicing your paperwork skills...or making decisions about Christmas decorations...or clothes you haven't worn in years. The possibilities are endless, but the techniques are the same.

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Ruth 2:12

It may be that many of the things in these locations aren't yours personally. The garage is my husband's domain and his Army uniforms take up several boxes in the attic. I would never think to sort boxes or tools without his permission and presence, and your house is no different. Even if your husband is the root of all disorganization issues, work together to get the situation under control.

That one box or bag may be all you have time for right now, or patience for right now. That's fine. But see that one box or bag through to the end. Recycle it when you're all done as a victory dance! It may be tomorrow before you attack another one, or maybe a week or two, but remember that this is a detox process. Organization and cleanliness won't happen overnight, but they will happen. One box at a time.

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