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Reading AlexisAnne’s blog post last week about how she went around her home and collected all the things she’d borrowed from others and made a point of returning it all is my inspiration for today’s 52 week’s topic. It reminded me of tip #39 in my book, Clutter Rehab, where I talk about creating a space or shelf in your home as a designated spot for all the things that need to leave your home. I like to call it my “I’m Outta Here” shelf and here is why I think it’s so important to have one:
Without this shelf I would be lost! This is a shelf near my entryway that I use for all the things that don’t belong in my house but need to go somewhere else: items that need to be returned to the store, a friend’s plate leftover from the last dinner party, magazines I want to pass along to someone else, letters to be mailed, etc. The trick is to get into two habits: to put stuff on the shelf that has to go out and to actually check the shelf before leaving the house to see if there’s an errand that can be run on your route. I’ve made it part of my before bed “ten minute tidy” to round-up these misplaced items and add them to the shelf so they’re ready and waiting for me the next day when I head out to do my errands.
In other words even other people’s stuff you have needs a home in the interim. This week’s challenge is to collect all these items from around your home that need to go somewhere else outside of your home. Make it a point to return everything and then create a space/shelf somewhere near your entryway as a designated space for future items that need to leave. The less places you have to look as you are going out the door, the more likely it will be that you actually follow through with returning them.
Now get going! Don’t forget to come back here and let me know in the comments what types of stuff you found that need to be returned! :)
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