The Container Concept: I Can Keep It! It Fits!!

Using the Container Concept to Declutter (The Story with the Happy Ending!) at ASlobComesClean.com

Yesterday I shared a Container Concept Story with a sad ending.

Today, I’m sharing a happy one!!

While decluttering, I unearthed some tablecloths.

Tablecloths stuffed in a cabinet

Ugh. Tablecloths. A reminder of how I once thought I’d be a Tablecloth Type. Y’know, back when I assumed Future Me would host bi-monthly dinner parties and have a beautifully decorated table at all times.

Reality Me gave up on tablecloths when she accepted that it’s waaaay easier to wipe off a table than to add another unnecessary item to the laundry pile.

But it still caused a little ache in my heart when I found these tablecloths and assumed I needed to stick them in the Donate Box.

I went ahead and asked my first decluttering question, though. “If I were looking for this item, where would I look for it first?”

I headed to the Tablecloth Drawer in my china cabinet.

And guess what I found there?

Room. Empty Space.

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Once I removed the how-in-the-world-did-those-end-up-in-here-when-they-have-a-designated-spot-somewhere-else gift bags, the Tablecloth Drawer had room for two more tablecloths!! I was able to keep two!!

Photo - The tablecloth drawer

(What? you’re wondering about the not-a-tablecloth-but-a-sheet-with-writing-on-it? This should explain.)

And to prove it:

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A closed-all-the-way drawer.

That’s a big deal ’round here, y’all.

 

Please note: I’ve never claimed to be a Proper Folding Blogger, but even I was rather horrified at the you-call-that-folding?? of the tablecloths in the picture. I’m always amazed at how I see things in a picture that escape my Slob Vision in real life. Neither amazed nor horrified enough to go fold them properly, but whatever.

Not sure what The Container Concept is? Here’s a post and a podcast about it.

--Nony

The Container Concept in Action: Glasses I KNOW I Love

Decluttering Something I Know I Love Using the Container Concept at ASlobComesClean.com

Grasping what I call The Container Concept has changed my life/home. Many of you have told me it has changed yours too.

Today and tomorrow, I’m going to share a few examples of how it works.

While decluttering recently, I excavated the glasses in the photo above.

My first decluttering question is: “If I were looking for this item, where would I look for it first?”

I’d look for glasses in the cabinet where I keep glasses.

Duh.

So I took them to that cabinet immediately. (That’s the second part of the first decluttering question.)

But when I got there, there was no room for these glasses.

Phooey.

I looooove these glasses. They’re polka-dotted!!! They’re big!!! They’re perfect for my ice-water obsession!!! I know this because I recently decluttered their Ugly Siblings. The ones I’d used to death.

I knew I loved these glasses. I was so excited to find them.

But once I arrived at the “place where I would look for them first” . . . there was no room for them.

My Glasses Cabinet has just enough room for the glasses I have. The grown-up ones I’m so proud to use. There isn’t space to add three (even three stackable) cups, no matter how loved.

The cabinet is my container. Its size is finite.

A container is meant to contain. The size of the container determines how much/many of something I can keep.

Really. If I try to put more into a cabinet than it can actually hold . . . doors don’t close, stuff breaks, and/or items fall on my head.

And even if I avoid those three pitfalls, it’s just plain hard to get to what I need.

So at this point, I had to make a decision. Should I get rid of some glasses that are already in the cabinet so I can keep these re-discovered ones? Or should I stick these perfectly-good polka-dotted beauties straight into the Donate Box?

Because I can’t keep both.

They don’t fit.

It was tough, but I purged the polka-dots.

Something had to go.

 

 

--Nony

Removing Soap Scum From My Shower Without Chemicals (In Four Short Weeks)

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It’s Earth Day.

We’re not doing anything to celebrate, but I thought it was a good day to write this post that has come to mind at least once a day for the past few weeks.

It comes to mind while I’m in the shower.

I could have titled it: Why I Keep a Giftcard in My Shower.

Because keeping one in there (a used-up one) reminds me to do a little scraping each time I take a shower.

As I shared on the Home Depot site recently, you can scrape off soap scum with a plastic gift card. In case anyone was under the impression that I share cleaning tips because I’m awesome, this should explain that I share them because I need them.

I need tricks to help me remove soap scum that’s gotten out of hand. Soap scum that escaped my Slob Vision for way too long. Soap scum in a shower that I chose to delete from my bathroom cleaning list too many times.

Oh, the four short weeks part? It’s a joke. Not a joke because it isn’t true, but a joke because four weeks isn’t short.

But a minute or two of somehow-extremely-satisfying scraping each day while taking a shower is short.

Way shorter than the hour-or-so it would take to get it all done at once.

Oh, and if you put off cleaning your shower because you don’t like getting your clothes wet, try this.

 

--Nony
--Nony

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