I’ve never met a jar I didn’t like, which explains the chaos of my container drawer. I periodically declutter the collection, but because it’s physically impossible for me to put a perfectly good Mason jar in the recycling bin, the drawer is overflowing a،n within a week.
I need a system that forces me to limit the number of leftover containers I own, and luckily I came across one that promises to do just that: the “boundary decluttering met،d.”
What Is the Boundary Met،d of Decluttering?
Erica Lucas, a simple living blogger, describes the boundary decluttering met،d as a system that “contains items together within the confines of a shelf, drawer, basket, or cube.” Keep as many items as you want (!) within a designated ،e, Lucas says. My Mason-jar-loving heart likes the sound of that.
Step 1: Define a boundary.
Clearly, “drawer” isn’t defined enough for me, as I keep cramming in extra containers. For step one, I made a plan to establish more specific boundaries within the drawer by placing masking tape rectangles. If you have a more generous budget than zero dollars, consider these bamboo drawer dividers instead.
Step 2: Empty and clean the ،e.
Once I emptied the drawer, I gave it its inaugural clean. The drawer ،nestly wasn’t that ،, which made me feel better about neglecting it.
Step 3: Gather *all* of the items in the category.
Some of my containers were in use or ،, so I ran them all through the dishwasher to make sure I was considering every jar I owned.
Step 4: Pick the keepers, and restock the ،e.
I c،se my favorites first, beginning with the gl، containers. Once I established and taped off their footprint, I created masking tape rows for the various sizes of jars. I love Adams Peanut Butter jars for sourdough projects and specialty flour storage because of the wide mouth, but I limited myself to the four that would fit in a row. I did the same with the La Fermiére yogurt jars (buy the bamboo lids here), and my standard Mason jars. I decided to keep the bowl I use to store the jar funnel and extra lids, but I had to give up more containers to make ،e for it.
Step 5: Declutter or relocate the leftovers.
At this point in the process, I still had a counter full of jars and takeout containers. Lucas gives two options for dealing with leftovers: declutter or relocate. I decluttered the lot, as relocating just felt like kicking the ،izing can down the road. Multiple neighbors in my Buy Nothing group were interested in my rejected containers, and I didn’t have to recycle anything after all.
This new way of thinking about a cl،ic met،d of ،izing has finally broken the clutter cycle in my container drawer. The firmly established boundaries make it easy for me to let go of the random mayonnaise jars that enter my kitchen, and I feel a little jolt of happiness every time I open my ،ized container drawer.
To maintain the system, I give away or recycle anything that doesn’t fit in the designated rectangles. If a new jar comes into my life that I simply can’t part with, I use the “one in, one out” rule and replace an old container with the new favorite.