A version of this post was originally published by Amanda Jefferson at indigoorganizing.com.
If you have a child, you know what toy-related destruction looks like. Leave them to play in their playroom or bedroom for 10 minutes and you’ll return to toys everywhere—so much so that it’s hard to understand how such a mess could be made in such a short amount of time.
The holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to begin thinking about shopping, cooking, event planning and even some merrymaking. To help you get organized (and stay sane) so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family rather than stressing over tasks, we’ve put together some tips.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom, you already have a designated space for you and your family to keep shoes, coats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, school bags and virtually anything else they frequently carry out the door to work, school, sports practice and more. But keeping everyone’s stuff corralled all fall and winter, and keeping the area physically free of slush, water, leaves and dirt can be difficult.
You get home from a busy day of work with just enough time to check on dinner in the slow cooker and make sure your kid is ready for soccer practice. You’ve got about 10 minutes before you need to leave for practice and, as is typical at 5:30 p.m. in the middle of the week, the house is a bit of a mess. There’s a bunch of clutter near the door, on the kitchen counter, in your closet and the laundry room. These areas, where your family deposits their sports gear, backpacks and workbags, dirty clothes, mail and shoes, are called “drop zones.” If you don’t have an organization strategy for these various spots, they’ll quickly become unwieldy and cluttered. Here’s how to organize four drop zones around your house. Entryway/Mudroom The entrance used most frequently at your home or even by your front door—whether it’s a mudroom or the entryway off your garage—naturally becomes a spot for coats, work and school bags, shoes, sports equipment, lunch boxes and anything else your family uses daily.
Whether you’ve got an extra corner in a room you’d like to get more out of or your house doesn’t quite have enough space, creating a dual-use room can help you get the most out of each room.