Saturday, March 14th, 2015
by Sherry Castaldi
Category: Home Organizing
Is your home a victim of a cluttered landing zone? You know, the place where you drop everything you just carted in the house from the car: your keys, papers, mail, purse, bags, shoes, coats, etc…? The entry ways to homes tend to be the dumping grounds for all sorts of miscellaneous items in one of the most conspicuous areas of your home.
If you’re nodding yes, you can claim back your space. First, determine your needs. What are you dropping in these dump zones and where should these items go? Do you need just one landing zone for small items? Do you need separate confines for landing zone items for other family members?
The idea of a landing zone is a neat and orderly way to house the items that come in and go back out each time you do.
Here are some examples of what to do with specific items:
For the smaller items, such as keys, sunglasses, wallets, etc., you must know where they are at all times, especially when you are ready to leave the house. Sometimes a small tray, decorate plate, or basket is all that’s needed to keep you organized and group these items together in a tidy fashion.
Consider: Is one landing container sufficient or do you need separate containers for other family members? Do you have an area to place whatever container you choose to house these items? (eg: a foyer table or shelf). Again the idea is to keep these items off of places like your kitchen counters or kitchen table. Otherwise if these items remain loose and strewn about they will be nothing more than unorganized clutter with no real way to find what you are looking for when you need it.
By creating your landing zone and the designated areas needed to organize and store your “in and out the door items” you will save countless hours of valuable time by not sending out an all-points-bulletin of frantic search for items when you are ready to leave the house. Starting your day organized with less stress is always a good way to start any day!
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