The Shoebox method was something I was really excited when I first implemented it. However, the love didn’t last very long.
Emptying out my handbag every day into a box started out well but didn’t work for me. It was becoming one of those tedious, annoying tasks. I don’t change handbags often and keep it pretty organized so I didn’t feel the need to empty it out every single day. If you are someone who changes handbags frequently, then I would recommend this technique because it’ll make for an easy transition to a new handbag.
Keeping my flip-flops stored in the photo boxes didn’t work out either. The boxes were stored in our closet shelf and even though it was labeled it was still hard to see what was in there. I’m a visual person and need to see what I have or won’t use it. The flip-flops are now being stored in clear, stacking bins. This is a great method if you don’t need to actually see what’s in there and the label will suffice. I would also recommend using consistent photo boxes. The styles below didn’t match well which drove me nuts.
Original Post: November 2015
Here we are, the third week of the Konmari Cleanse. We’ve purged clothes and products, this week’s method applied was the ‘shoebox’ method. This didn’t sound like it was going to be a very effective method but turned out much better than anticipated. It was one of those, you have to try it to believe method.
I decided to test out the shoebox method on my handbag first. She mentions emptying out your handbag everyday. When I first read this, I thought it was crazy and she didn’t know what she was talking about. It sounded like a lot of work but I decided I needed to try it first before I can pass judgement on it.
I took an empty shoebox and placed it in our kitchen cabinet. I had originally put the shoebox in our closet but it wasn’t convenient and I needed to put in a spot that was used more frequently which was our kitchen cabinet. Emptying out my handbag into a bag became very easy and it actually made it easier to find items and also forced me to put in my bag what I only needed.
After realizing this worked for my handbag, I applied this to the baby bag and was even happier. Again, I thought this process would be time consuming because there’s so much that goes into a baby bag. Diapers, wipes, clothes, bottles, toys, cream, pacifiers, the list could go on and on. I’ve found it easier to pack the baby bag because I’m not wondering or searching pockets to see what’s in there. This method has also saved breast milk bottles from being thrown out and if you’ve ever breastfeed a baby, that milk is liquid gold and there’s nothing worse when you realize you left it in the bag and had to dump it down the drain.
The next shoebox method application was to my flip flops. I’ve tried and searched for years on how to organize flip flops and could never find anything that seemed to work. I actually used old photo boxes which added some color and cute design. I applied chalk labels and labeled one box as “flip flops” and the other as “dressy sandals”. I could be more happy with how they are stored but also how much space has been freed up, I was actually surprised how many sandals could fit in there.
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How do you feel about using shoeboxes? Do you use them to stay organized for anything?