Drop Everything: Create A Functional & Organized Drop Zone
I stubbornly juggle groceries, lunchboxes, purse and sports bag, refusing to make a second trip (how could I possibly walk those 10 feet again?) So you can imagine that after the battle to unlock the door and not drop my daughter’s clay masterpiece (balanced precariously in my armload), I am ready to DROP MY STUFF.
Thus, the family “Drop Zone” is born.
What is a Drop Zone?
The drop zone is the place in your home where belongings are discarded upon entering. AKA – the spot your kids fling their shoes and lunchboxes. Even if you don’t have a designated drop zone, chances are you are putting your stuff down SOMEWHERE.
What belongs in the Drop Zone?
This will be the list you reference when you organize your drop zone. You’ll want to address each category and have a space or solution for it.
Here are some things that try to sneak into the drop zone – but should live elsewhere:
How to Set Up Your Drop Zone:
You likely already know where your drop zone should be. If you have a built in mud room or foyer in your home – great! Use it! However, if you know that you always enter through the back door – make your drop zone there. It won’t work if it’s not where you enter the house.
2: PURGE FROM WHAT’S THERE
Remove anything and everything from the area that you aren’t using RIGHT NOW. You can swap things out as time passes and your family’s activities change.
3: ADDRESS WHAT’S LEFT
Try making a list of categories that your family needs in the drop zone. If your kids are school-aged they probably need a hook for backpacks. If you have a dog – you might need a dog-walking zone.
4: ADD STRUCTURE AND PRODUCTS
Add only what you need. Try it out for a few weeks and make adjustments. Here are some of our go-to solutions for storing common drop zone items:
Optional: If your drop zone is functioning well and you have the space – consider setting up a family calendar on the wall. Use this area to plan your family’s schedule as well. This way they can check the calendar and know what gear to grab.
How to maintain the space:
Now that your space is set up – it’s time to see it in action. If you are intentional about what you store in this space (or any space in your home) you can stay organized.
Before long, you and your kids will be in the habit of hanging up your bags, checking the calendar, dealing with the junk mail and living a more organized life!