When we make room for something, we give it our attention and it becomes second nature to fill up the space.
For example, have you ever cleaned out your laundry room, making a lovely space for yourself to do a mundane shore, only to find the empty space beckoning to be filled?
“What should I do with this? Oh! There’s room in the laundry room!”
Empty Spaces Draw Our Attention
Before we created space, we didn’t give a second thought to filling it. It was already full.
But there’s something about an empty spot – whether physically in our homes or emotionally in our souls – that draws our attention to fill.
What if we had a designated space to fill with shoebox goodies for Operation Christmas Child?
Evolving Storage System
Last year, My Storage System was comprised of a few corners here and there.
This year, it’s a shelving unit with empty shoeboxes, labeled with categories of items I have already made and hope to make/purchase for next Packing Day.
Why I Use Shoeboxes for Storage
On those shelves, I’m putting shoeboxes. In the shoeboxes, I’m storing the sorted goodies. Why shoeboxes?
First, they are free. (More on free shoeboxes in a later post.)
I’m still working on a relatively small scale (but it feels huge to me!) so shoeboxes are working out great for storage.
Nice size for small items, and they give me an idea how many of each item I have based on the number of boxes I’ve filled with that same label.
Starting to Fill the Boxes
Now that the shelves are up, I’m starting to fill them up.
I have one to a few items in most of the boxes so far.Although I’m ahead of the curve on soap savers:
And I’ve really gotten into beading pencil cases this year:
The important part of any organizational system is knowing the boxes are there waiting to be filled.
The awareness of a shoebox’s emptiness
creates a crazy passion to fill it!
It’s Your Turn
You don’t need a big ol’ shelving unit to begin collecting year round for Operation Christmas Child.
A corner, a cupboard, a single shoebox under your bed – or in your laundry room! – will do.
- Do you have empty places in your home or heart that you have a crazy passion to fill?
- Do you fill the places with whatever comes along?
- Or do you have a plan?
(Insider Info: I do both willy-nilly-ing *and* planning.)
Looking for Ideas on How to Fill Your Shoebox?
Here are a few Pinterest boards to peruse:
If you create – or already have – a Pinterest board for Operation Christmas Child, please share it with us!