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An Organized Drop Zone-Friday’s Quick Tip Week #3
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We all have that space. That drop zone where everyone in the family drops the mail, keys, lunch bags, backpacks, and packages. You name it and it gets dropped off on the counter, or table or top of some appliance that may be convenient. This week I am sharing tips to ensure you have An Organized Drop Zone.
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Trust me, it does not have to be that way. Once you decide where your drop zone is located, making it easy for the family to organize as they drop things off will be a piece of cake. Well, perhaps not that easy but not complicated as you may think.
The quick steps below will get the ball rolling and help you to get your drop zone in order.
Family Drop Zone:
- The first step is to determine if perhaps you need to have two drop zones. One for large items like backpacks, lunch bags and coats. And another for keys, cell phones, and mail. That would help to avoid over-crowding either area and help to maintain order.
- Next step, clear the kitchen counter or desktop (wherever you leave your mail to multiply).
- Engage the rest of the family in the mail sorting process at another time. For today, the goal is to organize or distinguish a current mail drop space.
- Create a mail station where you can sort the mail quickly once you enter the house on a daily basis.
- The space does not have to be elaborate and can be as simple as a cardboard box separated with tabs or as fancy as a professional mail sorter from your office supply store. The choice is yours.
- Choose a location that is near the main entrance your family uses daily.
- Separate bills (if you still receive paper) from casual/junk mail to make paying them easier.
- Separate and place magazines in a basket for weekend leisure reading or stop subscriptions altogether and get your magazines online.
- Place a trash receptacle bin near your designated mail center and toss junk mail immediately.
- After the initial set-up, it will require less than five minutes per day to maintain this process. If you prefer to shred your junk mail (as I do), then the junk mail area becomes your shred area where you can place that mail and shred at a later date.
There you have it. Tips to An Organized Drop Zone or zones for your family. Bookbags and lunch bags will need to be checked each night and therefore should be placed in a space where they will not be forgotten. The children have to get their homework done and papers signed and there is nothing worse than a forgotten lunch bag. That could get ugly. 🙂
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