This table by the front door is a drop zone for mail, keys, newspapers, and bags. “Clutter like this happens when things aren’t put in an assigned spot,” says Rothschild.
Control the flow from the get-go. Don’t plop stuff anywhere; sort it, store it, and create a system to transform this area into an organized hub.
Sort mail into containers marked for each person in the house, leaving one empty for outgoing letters and bills.
Put a trash bin nearby and chuck junk mail the minute you get home.
No more missing-keys mornings. Put them in the same bowl or tray every day.
Place items you want to take with you when you leave the house (CDs for your Walkman, work papers, Palm Pilot) in a box with a top so you can hide them when company comes over.
Stash stuff here to be dealt with later: school memos, invites, etc. Sift through contents when you have a free moment.
Keep catalogs and newspapers in baskets: one for current reads, one for recycling.
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