Friday, April 8, 2011

pack and 3 box method

Hi guys!  Happy Friday!!

So, I've been trying to spend a bit of time each day getting ready for our big move {well it's not really that big actually...our new house is only 3/4 mile from our current home} and for me this move is about getting rid of the things we don't need, and fulfilling my New Year's Resolution.  Even though the new house is about the same size, I feel like we have a lot of clutter and I don't want to take it with us, so I am trying to toss and purge more than I pack.  

I thought I'd share my "3 box method" with you.

Here is what I've been doing:  I tape up three moving boxes at a time and line two of them with big plastic yard bags.  One box is for packing, one is for give away items {goodwill, etc} and the last one is trash.

When the trash box is full, it's gets emptied and a new bag goes in the goodwill bags get loaded in the back of the car when they are full.  It's made getting rid of stuff so much simpler.  I don't want to spend a lot of time and energy to pack, move and unpack items that we don't truly need or use. 

Here are some photos from the other day when I worked on my shoe collection.

I gathered all the shoes in one spot and started sorting into each of the three boxes: pack, give away and toss.  It kind of felt like going shopping, I found lots of shoes that I had forgotten about.
Like these cuties:

They went right into the pack box.

But, not all of them made the cut.  Here are a few of the 30 {!!!} pairs that I happily bid farewell to:

Sequined Coach tennies that are cute, but never get worn and the Juicy Couture tennies that I bought at the Nordstrom half yearly sale.  I was so sure I'd wear them.  Well, it turns out...not so much.

This is what the boxes looked like after the shoe pack and purge.  Just one box {plus 2 little boxes} of shoes packed, one box to toss and one to give away. 

Of course, I also kept out a few pairs that I am going to need over the next couple of weeks.

I am feeling seriously happy about my progress.  This weekend we are tackling the garage...I am going to need lots of coffee!! 


  1. Oh my gosh! This is an awesome idea!! I will be trying to convince the boyfriend that this is a FANTASTIC thing to let me do! Thanks!!

  2. Great info chica!! I am in the process of packing also so I will have to try this 3 box method out :)

  3. Good idea! Thanks for sharing! how exciting that you are moving! :)

  4. Wait, you're moving??? How did I not know this? I did my closet too this week and holy moly!!! The garage is next on the list but I'm not motivated enough to tackle it yet! Great job with your shoes!!!

  5. It seems like I throw or give away so much stuff every time we move. Stuff that I was certain I would use. :( The next time I move, I'm staying put for the rest of my life!!


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