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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to Avoid a Clutter Explosion When You Walk in the Door

After a long day at work, school or play, it's easy to just dump your stuff when you walk in the door. And your house looks like it has exploded!

By taking a few steps, you'll be able to avoid the explosion and relocate essentials without digging through rubble.

- Create a location to store larger items such as book bags, brief cases, purses, diaper bags, sports equipment, etc. You might use hooks on the wall or inside a closet, shelves in a closet, one-foot square cubbies - one for each person, a coat rack - whatever works for you and the space.

- Have an unloading zone - a small container, a decorative bowl, a basket, a drawer, a shelf, etc. where you can put small things like keys, sunglasses, mail, papers to be signed for school and the like. 

- After things have settled down a bit, go through your unloading zone - read and sort the mail, sign that permission slip, put things away, etc.

By taking these few steps, it will eliminate an explosion when you walk in the door and a frantic search for your keys when you need to go out again.

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