TAKE CHARGE OF ALL THAT GEAR
Stop kid- related messes at the door with this streamlining approach.
1. BOX IT. Have each family member drop personal stuff in a cardboard box for one week. Assess the items in the box, asking where and how each item is best stored.
2. HANG YOUR ESSENTIALS.
Designate a hook for every jacket and backpack (or other personal bag), taking care to hang hooks at heights kids can reach. Designate one for keys.
3. SET YOUR SHOE
AGENDA. Stop fighting it: Shoes are a fact of life. Decide on the number of shoes each family member may keep in the entry area and enforce your policy with a nightly purge. Add open shelves, cubbies, or shallow bins to accommodate shoes.
4. LOOK DEEPER.
Just because you use something every day doesn’t mean it automatically deserves a spot in the entry. Sports equipment, for example, needs to air out and is better stored in a garage or on the porch. Musical instruments should go to the spot where you practice. Worried about forgetting important items when you leave? Affix a note to the door frame or hang a related item (your sheet music bag, your gym ID) on a hook near the door to trigger your memory.
5. FACILITATE COMMUNICATION.
Use wall pockets or vertical magazine files to collect each person’s incoming papers, permission slips, and activity forms.
6. BLOCK THE JUNK.
Move a recycling bin near the front door so you can gather junk mail and noncreative kid papers the moment they enter your home.
7. OBSERVE AND
ADJUST. Setting up new systems takes time. Pinpoint what’s not working. Then create more landing spots as needed.