After a long day, it’s often difficult to find the time or the energy to keep things in your home organized. In our home, we use organizing drop zones to help corral the clutter until we have the opportunity to take care of the items during our daily decluttering session.
What is an organizing drop zone? An organizing drop zone is a place where your items land, or are dropped before you take the time to put them away. The purpose of a drop zone is not a permanent storage solution, but a temporary holding space.
There are several drop zone areas within your home where things seem to land whether we want them to or not. So, how can you make an organizing drop zone work for you?
Your main entry, whether the front door or back door, is the first place that you land when you get home. The first thing on your mind isn’t always putting away your things. It’s getting dinner on the table or taking care of your kiddos. By creating a drop zone, you have a place for these items until you have the opportunity to take care of them.
A drop zone in the main entry could be a table, chair, or bench where you set you your things once you get home. By taking the time to clear the clutter each day, you are preparing for the next day by making sure that everything is set to go.
The kitchen counters are a notorious drop zone for all things clutter. You can corral the chaos by placing a basket on the counter to act as your drop zone. Again, this is not a permanent storage solution, but a temporary holding space. It is important that you go through the basket each evening during your decluttering session.
The desk area is another space where you could use a basket. Place it on the side of the desk, and it can hold the paper clutter in one spot until you take care of it. This is one area where you can utilize the drop zone for up to a week before the items need to be sorted through. You can take care things in the basket while you are taking care of your weekly bills and paperwork.
Closets are their own drop zones. Clothes often end up somewhere other than where they belong, and the closet can quickly get out of control. Taking care of your clothes by putting them away or into the laundry basket can help to clean up this drop zone quickly and easily. You can easily take care of this during your decluttering time each day.
If you have stairs in your home, very often clutter can take over. A basket or bin by the stairs can act as your drop zone until you take care of it. If you have children, you could have a separate basket or container for them. You could also have a bench that opens to house the drop zone. You can designate different baskets or bins for each family member, and the clutter will remain out of sight until you take care of it.
Maintaining Your Organizing Drop Zone(s)
It’s important to remember is to take the time each day to remove the clutter from the drop zones. It gives you a fresh start the next day without the clutter becoming overwhelming. By utilizing and maintaining your drop zones, you can help to keep your home organized and clutter free.
Until next time,