There is nothing worse than running late in the morning!
It never fails! Something is always missing when it’s time to walk out the door.
It could be your keys (this was my biggest struggle), your purse, the kid’s backpack or whatever you may need when leaving the house.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can solve this problem by making items accessible and easy to grab and go!
We’ve all heard this many times before, but it definitely bears repeating!
Setting up a system doesn’t take a lot of effort – and it works so well once it gets started!
Create your system
Start by asking family members to begin dropping off their items as they enter the door so they will always be able to find them!
Designate an area near the door (usually in the entryway) to install hooks, add baskets or an entry table.
If you currently have other things there that really don’t belong you will need to first find a place for those items so you can start with a clean slate.
Assign each family member their own hook (if using hooks) or drawer or whatever. There are tons of options.
We live in Florida so coats are never an issue. If you live in a cold climate I would definitely suggest using hooks for the coats.
I have also seen a large basket work very well for kids to toss their coats and backpacks.
Ideally, each family member should have their own landing spot.
Use colors (colored hooks, colored bins, colored baskets) to help the little one’s easily find their landing-place or use colored labels with their names on them.
By allowing everyone be a part of the set up of this space, they will be more inclined to want to use it correctly! You know, the old buy-in!
How to Keep it Working
Now that everyone has a place to call their own at the entryway, the key to making it work is to always put items in the exact same place every time!
Seriously, if you choose to hang your purse and jacket on the red hook assigned to you, always leave your purse and jacket on that red hook. You can do this!
Additionally, always check bags the night before to make sure you (or family members) have everything needed for the next day. The few minutes you spend the night before could save you from a lot of stress in the morning. Being prepared means no fussing around looking for that one piece of paper. You can just grab the bags and go!
After you set up your landing spot let me know how it goes!
Thanks for visiting!
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