A key concept in organizing is assigning a home for all of your belongings. An easy project to tackle is the area by the door you use the most to leave your home. I call this a docking station. The rest of the internet calls this a landing strip.
The docking station should hold all of the things you need to leave the house – keys, wallet, purse. Additionally, there should be spots for things that you like to drop off as soon as you walk in the door. For us, this includes a change jar (to avoid tiny piles of change all over the house) and a basket to recycle junk mail immediately. For you, this might include sunglasses, hats and mittens, cell phone, etc.
This is our current docking station. We bought this little table (actually a night stand from Ikea) to fit in a very tiny space in our last apartment. Currently, there’s a bowl for our keys and headphones, another container for change, plus a basket on the shelf to recycle junk mail and other paper that comes in the door. In the drawer, I store coupons that we will actually use. After our next move, I’m going to upgrade to a larger table that will also hold my purse and another work bag – which you can see sitting on the floor next to the table.
The space devoted to the docking station need not be large – it just needs to be a dedicated space. Even if you don’t have enough floor space for an additional table, you can create a wall mounted docking station. Here are a few ideas (from left to right):
- Cloud Key Holder – by Suck UK. There are three super strong magnets on the bottom of the cloud. A cute solution for those minimalists out there. Available on Amazon and other online shops.
- Fusillo Wall Shelf – by andViseVersa. This shelf is fully customizable. Each slat of wood can rotate up to be a divider, down to be a hook, or flat to be part of the shelf. See here for more pictures. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a price or a way to buy this item online!
- Elephant Organizer – by Kikkerland. This letter organizer can sit on a table or be mounted to the wall. When mounted, the trunk serves as a hook. Also available in bear shape, but with no hook, unfortunately. Kikkerland.com has a online shop.