Granted we’re in a moderately compromised position what with our foyer all boarded up and stuff… but that’s not really an excuse for the Bermuda triangle of clutter that collects in our family room.
The clutter finds its way to three staging areas: one end of our kitchen counter, a little tray on what you’d call our circa 1970s kitchen island, and one side of the kitchen table.
I actually went full on Sherlock Holmes and did a little sleuthing as to the best ways to mitigate our clutter condition. What did the experts say? Among other things:
1. Remove anything that doesn’t belong. (I suspect that could apply to the gear from a baby toy and nail polish.)
2. Everything has a home. (Like the game pieces, broken toys and the princess chapstick.)
3. Get rid of the excess. (This probably refers to the pile of magazines and the half dozen nail files.)
4. Go through each pile on a regular basis. (By regular they mean daily, not quarterly.)
Working within these guidelines, I was able to par down the piles a bit. But ultimately I needed something simple and cute that would help corral the inevitable bits and pieces that land in Bermuda Triangle Division 1, 2 or 3. Where oh where can a girl go to find storage options on a budget? [Strums fingers on the table and taps her temple with her index finger.] Oh, yeah… Homegoods.
An hour later and three containers ($34 total) were the answers to my organizational prayers. And yes, I have been known to look to the heavens when a good storage solution crosses my path… For the area that tends to collect bills and letters, I opted for a simple desk caddy ($7.99)… easy to stick unread mail or bills that Mark will take to work to deal with. (A good rule of thumb with mail is to only touch it once… get it from your mailbox and immediately throw out the junk or keep the important stuff.)
The kitchen table tends to be the source for bigger items like coloring books, magazines, and misc. craft supplies. Obviously I should be putting away the craft materials in their designated spots, but to buy a little time, I found a bigger version of the desk caddy. I definitely wanted something with a lid, and this is perfect. ($16.99)
Finally, the counter-top junk drawer on the island. This tends to be smaller items like lost game pieces, hair bands, or confiscated contraband. Ideally I wanted something a little smaller, but the potential of this basket ($7.99) was too good to be true.
A quick hit with my frog tape and some spray paint, and this basket is FAR more interesting than it was. Not only does it coordinate with the other countertop storage solutions a bit more, but it’s also big enough to conceal the catch-all bowl that used to be an eye sore out in the open.
With containers like this, no more clutter vortexes in our home, folks. At least until I get sick of the growing pile on the dresser in our master bedroom…
Any good storage solutions you all have been working on? Clutter busters?
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