I try to keep my house pretty clutter free, and honestly, I’m pretty good at it. Excuse me while I get that dirt off my shoulder. Ahem. In order to Minimize the Mess, I employ my little lovers: baskets.
If you want to be neurotic like me, put baskets in these three places to keep your house clutter free for good. Swearsies.
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Anything that belongs upstairs or downstairs gets thrown into one of these baskets. And then as we go up and down the stairs, we take items with us. I try to make a habit out of never walking into another room or level without bringing something with me. Trust me, it’s not hard to find things.
Or really whichever room your family spends the most time in. My kids, like any kids, schlep toys all around the house, and they never stay in designated toy areas (like their rooms or basement). So, instead of fighting it, I just keep a large basket in our living room. When the kids are dropping toys, I just toss them in this basket until we can get around to putting them in their place later.
I love a three tiered basket or rack for this place. The top shelf holds keys, phones and other pocket items. The middle shelf is for mail. And the bottom shelf is for items that need to be returned to their owners: tupperware, library books, clothing, etc.
Talk to me about where you keep catchalls in your house.