Task 3 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

The Organised Housewife Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday from February (during January it will be randomly as I am publishing The Back to School Series).  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here).

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Decluttering Header Task 3

Drop Zone – where you put keys, receipts, phone,etc

The drop zone is the area when you come home and you drop your keys, handbag, shopping, phone etc.  However typically now that you have dropped items here throughout the day it continues to become a drop zone with paperwork, junk mail, toys and all other bits and pieces you don’t have time to put in its proper home, soon enough it’s a mess.

Todays task is to tidy up this drop zone and consider how to continue to keep this area tidy.  Here are a few ways I organise some of the drop zone items.

I made a charging station from a breadbox – this breadbox tidily stores and charges all our phones, iPad and iPods.  If my phone isn’t still in my handbag, it’s usually sitting in the charging station.

I hang my handbag in our school bag nook – when I come home I hang my handbag onto the hook, I don’t like putting handbags on the kitchen bench or the floor, read these reasons why.  You could also use this type of area to hang scarves and jackets.

After hanging up my handbag, I drop all my shopping (groceries of course go to the kitchen) on my bed.  So then when I am pottering around through the rest of the day I can put the shopping away, which I make sure is done before I go to bed.

{The Organised Housewife} Decluttering Challenge Shopping

Once I unpack my shopping I put all my receipts into my receipts box

All extra change is placed into our money tin

For keys, phones and the blokes wallet, you could create a little basket specifically for these items, the basket will keep the ‘stuff’ confined and tidy.

{The Organised Housewife} Declutter Challenge - Keys 1

{The Organised Housewife} Declutter Challenge - Keys 2

Junk Mail is another item that can easily clutter a dumping zone.  This picture below is a few years old now, I have changed my pantry around, but the recycling bin has stayed put.  Read further about how I deal with Mt Junk Mail.

What items have you found in your drop zone?

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