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The art of an organized take-off space (entry/hallway)

3 Dec

You’ve got 5 minutes to get there. You’re fumbling around the house for your keys and yelling to the littlest for the 25th time: “Hurry up and get your shoes on!” You can’t quite remember what were you meant to bring to this dinner party? You’re going to be late. Sound familiar?

Yes it is nice to have a neat and tidy place where you set your keys and hang your coat and sort your mail when you return home. But the fact is for families getting home is one thing leaving the house on the other hand is something else entirely.

The idea of a take-off space is this: it’s a place where ahead of time you can compile everything you need to take out with you. You might do this during nap time or in advance of the next day before you head to bed. Whenever you choose, the fact is everything you need is in one space waiting for you before you head out.

What does this space need?

  1. Somewhere to write upcoming events. This could be a chalkboard. It’s a place where you can look and see what you’re doing today/tomorrow and what you’ll need to bring.
  2. Somewhere to store your bag(s). A basket might be a useful addition – to store larger items that you need as you head out the door on your next outing.
  3. Somewhere to store outerwear and shoes, and to put those shoes on. Rather than having to run around the house finding shoes and coats, the kids get into the habit of leaving them at the front door ready for their next use.

Are you in need of an organized take-off space in your home? Contact us today for more information.