Kids are going back to school and now it’s time to reclaim your house after a summer of chaos and … well, just complete chaos.
I met with home organizer Lauri Arnold at Optimal Surroundings to discuss a couple of easy ways to simply your life and your “processes.” She likes to set up stations around her house where all things related to a certain need or activity are grouped together, and she shared two easy and quick ideas that we can all use.
Dog Walking Station (aka Leaving the House Station)
Do you have a dog? Do you have a dog that looks at you like this when you even touch the leash?
If you have a dog, you are walking that dog every day. There are things you need to have for those daily to strolls, and they should be all right together.
On a table near the door that is your usual exit, whether that is the front door or the back door, place the following items together in a large basket:
- Music player
- Re-usable grocery bags (to use when you are running out to the store–not for use with the dog!)
The shallower the basket, the better, then you can see everything and nothing gets buried.
If you have a drawer, use it to hide the doggie waste bags you always carry along on your walks (because you are a considerate neighbor, right?!).
Below that table, place your tennis shoes, flip flops or whatever shoes you might need to go on that walk.
No more looking for your keys or leash. When you return from your walk, simply place all of these things back in the basket.
It’s morning. You’re tired and your eyes are possibly at half-mast. Instead of looking in many different cabinets and drawers for your coffee, filters or mug, put everything together in one place. Voila, a coffee station.
All the things you need to prepare your coffee should be near your coffeemaker, within easy reach, so you don’t have to traverse your kitchen.
Keep your mugs near the coffee, near the coffeemaker, near the sugar, near the spoons. You get the picture. Cut down on your steps by putting all of these a.m. essentials in proximity to each other.
Enjoy your new stations and new simpler life! For more organizational ideas, visit Lauri’s site at www.optimalsurroundings.com.