Quick Organising Tip – Find a home for my phone

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I mentioned in the 1st Step to Decluttering – Create organising goalspost, that I always loose the phone.  What I did mean was the home phone, which never get put back on the charger (aahhh so frustrating, my fault totally), but sometimes my mobile phone goes walkies too.  I’m happy to say I have created a new habit for myself and placed my mobile and sometimes keys (or they are usually in the car)  in this cute basket at the end of my buffet.  Perfect for when hubby comes home, he can dump his wallet and phone here too, rather than cluttering up the kitchen bench, as we all know that is a great dumping ground.

I repurposed the basket from a Body Shop Gift received a while ago.  There’s that word again ‘repurposed’ – my new motto for this year, reuse and repurpose before buying something new!

At the end of this buffet unit I also place things that need completing that day, eg, items to give to friends, or cards to post, shopping to return back etc.  Create an area where you can keep it where you can see it, will remind you to get it done!!

love the big deep drawers in this buffet unit!!

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25 comments

Becci Sundberg February 2, 2011 - 12:30 AM

Great idea! We don't have a house phone. I usually keep my mobile, keys nad purse ontop of the computer hutch, but it does look messy. Looks like I'm searching for a basket, or even better scrap alter a nice one!

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Katrina February 21, 2011 - 7:08 AM

did you find a basket Becci?

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Katrina February 2, 2011 - 1:43 AM

That's a great idea scrap one. Please share when you have finished it!!

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Tam February 2, 2011 - 3:07 AM

My husband has ALWAYS been really bad at losing his keys – he seriously looks for them at least TWICE a day. And no matter how many times he loses them, he refuses to take responsibility for them and keep them in 1 place. For his birthday a couple of years ago I purchased a key hook/rack thingo and he refuses to use it and simply puts his keys on our buffet/hutch unit … or the bedroom drawers … or his pockets … or in his ute … or above the fridge. Not sure this will work for us, but I'm going to give it a go for his things – and have a safe keeping spot for him somewhere and in something. Just to figure out where haha.

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Katrina February 20, 2011 - 9:09 PM

Where you able to give it a go Tam, has hubby learnt to put his key’s in the same place everyday?

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Jenni February 3, 2011 - 1:22 AM

great idea. This is what we have been doing as well but are finding the area needs to be decluttered weekly as heaps of other stuff gets dumped in the basket as well!!

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Tammy February 4, 2011 - 1:52 AM

Yep My hubs dumps every piece of paper, used list, random pocket findings, mail … in his basket. At least its nice and big and if we are ever looking for something its usually easy to check the basket and 9 out of 10 times we will find it there. The basket also hides the untidy nature of his pocket emptying as he comes in the door.

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Katrina February 21, 2011 - 7:12 AM

Gotta love the basket, at least you know where everything is!

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Katrina February 20, 2011 - 9:12 PM

You are in a great routine Jenni by decluttering it weekly!

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Katrina February 21, 2011 - 7:10 AM

You are in a great routine Jenni by decluttering it weekly!

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Lisamaree_82 November 21, 2011 - 7:45 AM

I put my “basket” (a melted vinyl record bowl) into the drawer 🙂 Even less bench clutter.

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Jen Turner November 21, 2011 - 8:57 AM

We have a basket type drawer right at the front door and hubby still walks straight passed it and dumps his gear on the bench….everything from his pocket….gum, keys, wallet, phone, pens…..you name it!! So frustrating!! Lol

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Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:11 PM

Sheesh, and you make it so easy?? Will they ever learn??

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Clairevirg November 23, 2011 - 12:51 AM

We have a basket for dumping such things – we call it Niknak (???- I don’t know why!) The only thing ids , evrything ends up in here and we do have to have a clear out every now and then.

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Katrina December 21, 2011 - 11:44 PM

It’s great that is all in one spot instead of spread out, great work!

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Barbara August 15, 2012 - 11:25 AM

my hubby is the same as Tam’s (a few comments below) always losing his keys, glasses, phone etc. I think this problem could be a male thing. I bought a wooden station for everything but somehow has now become used for some thing else but what it was bought for initially. I love all your ideas katrina. I spend along time on your site as everything you do inspires me. Thank you from another Gold Coast mother.

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Kim October 8, 2012 - 6:47 AM

I love the idea and will go and *repurpose* a basket and yes my hubby dumps his wallet on the kitchen bench but luckily for me he is tidy so will mostly take up the challenge love your buffet and the drawers!!!

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Cara Tatnell October 8, 2012 - 9:14 AM

looks good. I have done the same with a gorgeous timber bowl that my friend brought back from Fiji as a gift to me…great for phones and keys etc.

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Lisa Warren October 8, 2012 - 9:36 AM

I really need to do something for my hubby’s stuff. He leaves his wallet, keys, phone, and wedding rings all over the house! Every day it’s in a different spot. It drives me crazy!!

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Katrina October 8, 2012 - 1:38 PM

Aah, find a dedicated spot for it, and if you don’t like nagging just pick it up and put it in it’s new ‘home’ and after a few days he will get the hint J

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Macs Mum October 8, 2012 - 10:42 AM

This is a good habit – and at the end of the day, take the basket or box TO BED WITH YOU. That way, if for some unfortunate reason you are unlucky enough to be broken into, people won’t be able to just pick up you wallet/purse and steal the car.
Then, just bring it down in the morning again….!

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Katrina October 8, 2012 - 1:37 PM

Great idea 😉

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Maree Weeks October 8, 2012 - 1:44 PM

Got a beautiful basket with flowers whilst in hospital that we are using for keys and what not at the front door. We did have a box each, but they seemed to be full of stuff that shouldn’t be there! Hopefully Hubby will be able to keep it up! He usually leaves them all around the house and wonders why he can’t find them!!!

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Miranda October 9, 2012 - 9:09 AM

We have a little box on a shelf for hubby’s wallet, phone and our keys. We call the area we leave things to hand back to people (casserole dish to give back to mum, cardi I borrowed from my sister, a hand-me-down toy we have in mind for a friend) “The Departure Lounge”. Before someone leaves my house I am trying to get into the habit of checking “The Departure Lounge” (hall cupboard) for anything I might have for them. It means it is out of the way while we store it there; I just have to get the habit going so we remember to give it back! I found even if it sat at the front door I’d forget to hand it to them – so it’s more about the habit!

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Trish February 4, 2013 - 10:27 AM

thanks for idea Katrina – I am always looking for my phone.

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