I have a designated shelf in my front hall closet right by my front door, not a very big shelf mind you, but a shelf nonetheless and it Works For Me!
Why? Without this shelf I would be LOST! You see, this is the shelf I use for all things that don’t belong in my house but somewhere else. You know, items that need to be returned to the store, a friend’s plate leftover from the last dinner party, the magazine’s I want to pass along to a friend, letters to be mailed, clothes that need to be dropped off to the thrift store, etc…. This is where I keep them until the next time I leave the house.
Out of habit I now know to always check this space prior to leaving the house so I can take whatever it is with me if it needs to go somewhere within the area I’m already going anyway. If I’m going to rent movies for instance I alway check for a thrift store bag since the thrift store is right near the movie store. The trick is to get into two habits…one to put stuff on the shelf that has to go out and the other to actually check the shelf before leaving the house. Usually before bed when I do my 10 minute tidy is when I corral any of these items and make sure they are where they are suppose to be because otherwise I won’t remember them as I’m going out the door, I just won’t and I know it. Between trying to keep the baby from running away from me and keeping his coat on and wrangling the diaper bag, not to mention two other kids and their “stuff” yah the brain is fried, like no more room for nothing. I have to make it as easy as possible for myself or forget about it.
My designated “I’m outta here shelf” well it definitely Works For Me!
Thanks Shannon for hosting this!