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July 2016

The “Drop Zone”… what is it and how do you get it?

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Guess what… I have a secret to tell you… Even organized people have days when they aren’t able to put things away right away. It’s true. I’ll admit it for myself at the very least. Sometimes clutter just collects. That’s not good news though, and since this blog is meant to be upbeat and helpful here’s the good news to counteract the bad news: you don’t have to feel hopeless during those times. For those moments/days/weeks/seasons there IS a way to corral the clutter so it doesn’t take over your entire house. How, you ask? Simple. Have a “drop zone”. A “drop zone” is a designated space where you can put all the random items that collect until you have time to deal with them. Once items are contained clean up is easier and putting things away isn’t quite as overwhelming as it once seemed.

I can attest to this tip personally. In my life that “drop zone” is a wide, shallow basket at the end of my bed. That is where everything goes until I can deal with it. Sometimes this happens on a daily basis and other times it goes a little longer, but this way I don’t go crazy looking everywhere for that piece of paper I need or that card I received in the mail or the check I need to deposit. I know right where it is, even if at the moment it’s not where it’s going to end up.

One more word of advice: If your crazy day is more like a crazy season, make sure to empty this space semi-consistently. If you don’t it could grow and spread and duplicate and breed like rabbits until your “drop zone” spreads throughout your entire house and then you might as well light a match and start over… or call a professional organizer. Whatever’s easiest.

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Trash bags…. A post about trash bags…

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Here’s a second tip in the “garage series”:

Trash bags. What can one say about trash bags? Not much so I’ll just get to the tip. A handy way to store trash bags is with a paper towel holder. It can be a standing one or one that you hang on the wall. If you do the wall hanging one, just make sure it’s sturdy. And when I say sturdy, I mean S-T-U-R-D-Y. Have you felt how heavy a single roll of trash bags is? Very! Way (“weigh” – haha) more than a paper towel roll! So, to avoid a costly repair (if that thing fell off the wall it would definitely do some damage) make sure the holder you get is more than a simple tension rod with a couple of 3M Command Hooks. You also have to make sure the paper towel rod is skinny enough to fit through the center of the bags. Remember those 2 words – sturdy and skinny. Sturdy and skinny. Sturdy and skinny…

p.s. If you’re curious in the first tip, click here!

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You threw WHAT into the dryer?!?!

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If you have a front loading washing machine this idea is perfect for you. Did you ever throw a load in to the washing machine only to come back and find a perfectly sweet and well-meaning person threw everything in to the dryer – including those specially made, NEVER-to-be-dried jeans and now they’ll never fit the way they used to? This didn’t happen to me personally, but it did happen to a friend of mine and let me tell you, she was bummed. To avoid mishaps like this in the future, the next time you throw your clothes in the washing machine and have to leave the house, take a dry erase marker and write on top of the washing machine what CANNOT go into the dryer. So brilliant! So easy! And so nice to not have to worry about well-intentioned people accidentally ruining your clothes.

Thanks mother’s niche for the great idea!

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