Just as you enter our house, there’s a small chest which has turned into a dumping ground. This is where the mail gets piled, the cell phone gets thrown, and keys disappear under the clutter (I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that it’s my cell phone and keys that end up stashed here; Mark is much tidier than I am). More than once bills have gotten lost in the pile and haven’t been discovered until after they were due and late fees had been assigned.
This is what the top of the chest typically looks like:
This is not really a great way to say, “Welcome home!” So it seemed to me that it was time to not only clear the clutter, but also figure out a system so that we aren’t tempted to keep piling stuff here and we always know when a bill has arrived.
I sorted through everything on the chest and made three piles: recycling, trash, and items I wanted to keep but needed a home. Then I found a home for all those items. Some went into the top couple of drawers, Charlie’s things went back to his room, and the bills went to be paid.
Now, the top of the chest looks like this:
The vase on the left is the camellia bouquet I made this weekend which I moved from the kitchen because I thought it would add a nice pop of color on the chest. The small bowl on the right was a Christmas gift from my boss. It holds keys and my cell phone. The larger bowl in the middle was a gift from a dear friend and neighbor. It will now hold all of our needs-attention-mail, like bills and magazines.
As nice as this is, it didn’t seem like enough to prevent us from piling. So I grabbed a waste basket we weren’t using and put it on the floor next to the chest. The waste basket is for mail that goes immediately into the trash or the recycling bin. It’s not very pretty, but it’s free and I think it will work.
So that’s the plan for the front hall dumping zone.
Does anyone else have mail-sorting systems, or designated places for keys and cell phones? What’s worked and, maybe more importantly, what hasn’t?