The Cardboard Box Challenge

Cardboard Box Challenge | Apron Strings & other things

Stuff. Stuff. Too Much Stuff. We began our annual decluttering right after Christmas but we still have too much stuff. To jump start the decluttering in the children’s rooms I called everyone together and told them to find a cardboard box and return to me for further instruction.

Cardboard Box Challenge Before | Apron Strings & other things

It didn’t take long for them to find a box, and only a few more minutes to send one child in search of a larger box – a shoe box was not going to cut it for this activity. Four sets of curious eyes stare at me as I explain: Take your empty box to your bedroom. Fill it with anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Look for things that should be thrown away or given away or put away somewhere else. You have ten minutes – GO!

Cardboard Box Challenge After | Apron Strings & other things

Time is up! Everyone report back to Mom! Reluctant fellows who thought they would never be able to fill their boxes came running back with shouts of victory. “Look! Wow! We had no idea!” Four Children + Two Bedrooms + Ten Minutes = Progress. That’s my kind of math!

Now, time to empty your boxes and put each item where it needs to go. I admit, this part of our activity began with just a bit of resistance. But they each had a finite amount to deal with and they could easily see the bottom of the barrel box and there wouldn’t be any free time until it was finished so they all buckled down and had it finished in no time.

I am planning to do this daily as we work through the house, making a little progress each day. How do you get your kids involved in cleaning up in your home? I’d love to hear and I’m sure other readers would too.

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  1. I am definitely trying this!

  2. Hi! Visiting you from Nony’s Decluttering Party. I’m impressed with how much your kids were able to gather. I think I’m going to have to try this out for myself, even. Just grab a box and fill it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job!

    • Hi Lety! I am so glad you stopped by! This little trick only takes a few minutes and breaks it down into manageable portions. Hope you give it a try, it works for us grown ups, too! It goes along with Nony’s tip of doing the easy stuff first. Now that the obvious stuff is out of the way, it’s easier to deal with what’s left.

  3. What a fun challenge for them, I laughed out loud at the “shoe box was not going to cut it” comment.
    I just love this post I smiled the entire way thru it.
    Can’t wait to see more accomplishments:-)

    • So glad to know I put a smile on your face, Tommie ๐Ÿ™‚ I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to your place too! This declutter party has been a terrific motivator, and meeting up with sweet people like has been a blessing. Have a terrific weekend!

  4. It’s funny how much stuff we accumulate! I just had a clothing swap with three other girls, when we were done I still had FIVE garbage bags to donate to Value Villiage!! From 4 people!

    • A clothing swap is a great idea, Jill! I’ve been passing baby clothes and equipment to grandbabies and it’s such a relief saying “I don’t need/want this back. Feel free to use it and pass it on!” Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a blessed day!

  5. What a great strategy. Too often people try to do it all in one day and kids rebel and get frustrated and become haters about the whole process for years to come. I still have family members that rebel against this stuff based on childhood experiences with the all day cleanout war. However, a box is not nearly as threatening.

    • I may be one of those who still rebel even in my old-age ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am much more productive when I take smaller bites and see my progress. My kids seem to respond in like manner. Thanks for stopping by today, Sheltie. Enjoy the weekend!

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