Let’s say you are on your way out the door to go to the grocery store, or pick up the kids from school. Do you waste minutes looking for your keys, cell phone or purse? Or do you get in your car, only to realize that you forgot your sunglasses, and have to run back inside to grab them?
Annoying, isn’t it? That used to be me, over and over again. If I had a dollar for every minute I spent looking for my cell phone…
So how do I get around this? I created a “GO” area in my mud room. A what? A “Going Out” spot where I put my purse, cell phone and keys. I keep my cell phone charger in the same place too. And when I get home, every item goes back where it belongs.
You can create these stations for everyone in your household. Your kids should have a place where their book bags, shoes, and lunch boxes can be placed. Even your husband can have a dedicated spot for his wallet and keys.
The idea is to have centralized locations that are used over and over again. You also inadvertently end up planning ahead of time for your trip, and including other items in your GO area, such as coupons, a camera or diaper bag.
Your Homework: Create a GO area in your home
Where is the best place for you and your family to create your own GO area? In your foyer? Kitchen? Mud Room? Wherever you choose, make sure it is easily accessible but can still be kept orderly and organized. It can be as simple as clear plastic containers kept on a shelf. Or maybe you have a drawer unit or large shelving system. Regardless of the avenue, it only works if you use it faithfully. Give it a try!