Stop Clutter at the Door with a “Drop Zone”
The quickest way to prevent clutter is to stop it at the door. Junk mail services like DMAchoice.org can help, and stopping at the recycling bin on your way in to toss any unwanted mail are a good start.
But once you step foot in the door, here are a few tips to create a “Drop Zone” to help keep items corralled so they don’t get strewn throughout your home as you walk in:
- Put a table, rolling cart, shelf or bench near the main door with baskets for: “Incoming” and “Outgoing.”
- Create “Action Files” with an attractive file box and folders to pre-sort incoming mail into categories: Bills to Pay, To Do, To File, To Read, Contacts, and Coupons.
- Look for multitaskers like a mirror with hooks on it to “check your look” and hang your keys and sunglasses.
- Hang large hooks for purses, jackets, umbrellas, book bags, and dog leashes.
- Shoes can get stored in large baskets, under a bench, or on stackable shoe shelves or cubbies.
- Add a corkboard, whiteboard, calendar, or notepad by the door so family members can leave messages for each other. Have limited space for hanging? Try Idea Paint — it turns any surface into a whiteboard.
- Install a purse rack or cap rack for multiple items.
Want help setting up your own “Drop Zone?” Contact us to set one up for you.