AT January Cure #14: Create a Clutter Filter

Create a Landing Strip and Start Using it

Set up a spot or hook for your keys, a bowl or container for change and your wallet on a surface (like a small side table) to sort the mail and other items (newspapers, books, magazines, purchases) as they come in. Two other super helpful and nice components to add to your landing strip area are a small wastebasket/recycling bin to hold your discarded incoming stuff to be recycled and a mirror for last minute checkups on your lovely smile and fashionable attire. :)

Once you’ve set up your landing strip, use it every time you come home. Here is a sample walk through of the process, which just takes a few minutes but reduces both stress and clutter exponentially, as it becomes a habit:

  1. As you arrive home, hang your coat, put your keys and wallet in their spots and take off your shoes.
  2. Empty the things out of your bags that you won’t need to take with you when leaving next time and hang your bags.
  3. Sort through your mail and immediately toss or recycle what you do not need.
  4. Put away anything else you’ve brought home: groceries, purchases, empty lunch containers, dry cleaning, etc.

This will just take a few minutes when you arrive home. As you finish each time, take a moment to focus on the fact that now you can relax and fully enjoy your organized home, knowing that nothing that needs attention is piling up and that everything you need for your next trip out into the world is right where you need it, easily found and ready to go!

Ha! Another thing I can quickly take care of. Go Sarah! *high-five*

I mean… I do it. Mr. T, not so much. And he can never find his keys! Mind-boggling, right? Having a designated spot for your keys means you don’t lose your keys – who knew?! ;) I like to give him a hard time, but I do love that man. Anyway, while I do have a sort of landing strip (one of the first things I ever set up in our house!), it needed some TLC. Of course, I accidentally deleted my “before” pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Miraculously, if you’ve seen the rest of this Cure, this area of our house isn’t in that bad of shape!! Shocking, I know. But I cleaned it up a smidge. Found a bunch of expired coupons. I am so bad at couponing. It is definitely not my spiritual gift…

I don’t think trash/recycling cans are necessary for our specific situation – we have a recycling can in our driveway, so I dump all the junk mail in it before it even comes in the house! Same goes for any trash out of my car…once I get it out of my car. Can we have a February Cure centered around cleaning out our cars?! Anyway, even if it’s dark/rainy/cold or my hands are too full to sort the mail outside, our kitchen/dining/living/entry rooms are all one big medium-sized open space, so I dump the trash in the appropriate cans in the kitchen on my way to let the dogs out. More information than you ever needed to know regarding my junk mail habits?! That’s what I thought.

Anyway, here are a couple of pictures:

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The pictures don’t show it that well, but the leashes, mirror, and junk are all on the wall to the left of the door (if you’re leaving the house). There is supposed to be a little mail sorter thing under the white picture frame on that pink piece of plywood. We’ve never hung it. Also, the house key I had glued to the frame (it’s a printout of a map of our neighborhood, with a heart around our address) fell off. Not sure where that ran off to, but hot glue doesn’t really stick to glass all that well – learn from me, kids.

The coat rack and shoe box are to the right of the door, at the foot of the stairs. I’ve decided I want to hang hooks on this wall, instead. Then maybe build a little bench/storage thingy for shoes, and put clutter baskets on the stairs where all that clutter is. ;) Wait…I also wanted to build a half-door thingy there instead of a baby gate for when we have kids. Heavens…what are we going to do?! Future Sarah can worry about that. Either project is a long way off.


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