Are your mornings hectic because you can never find your keys? Do you come home to a pile of shoes and bags right inside the door? Is there no clear spot for your incoming mail, so it just ends up…wherever?
Sounds like you need a drop zone, stat!
what is a drop zone?
A drop zone is a designated area where you can “drop” all the things you typically bring into your home or need when you leave – keys, shoes, mail, coats, backpacks, etc. You should set up your drop zone close to the door you most often use to enter and exit your house. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to function!
3 quick tips for creating a drop zone
1. add hooks or pegs for keys, jackets, purses, and backpacks
Do these items usually end up in a jumbled pile somewhere? Some simple wall-mounted or over-the-door hooks can eliminate that problem! Mount a few hooks down low so younger children can hang up their own belongings.
2. designate a holding place for your mail and other papers
Does your mail usually end up spread over countertops or wherever you toss it after coming inside? Try using a small basket or a wall-mounted mail organizer to corral mail until you’re ready to process it. Depending on your needs, an inbox/outbox system might also be helpful for other papers like school permission slips or outgoing mail.