(Repost) Organization Tips: Hot Spots

This is a re-run of a set of posts by Elisabeth Woods from January 2014.  Enjoy while she takes us through our hot spots and areas where we need to address the clutter.  To quickly look at the posts without waiting for them to be pulled again, see this listing:

Reshape my thinking
Paper

Routines
Hot spots

Practical Tips for Organization

What is a Hotspot?

reposted from Flylady.net

A Hot Spot is an area, when left unattended will gradually take over. My favorite analogy is of a hot spot in a forest fire, if left alone it will eventually get out of hand and burn up the whole forest. This is what happens in our homes. If left unattended, the hot spot will grow and take over the whole room as well as making the house look awful. When you walk into a room, the hot spot is the first thing you see. Your eyes are locked on it. Over the years my hot spot has migrated. As a child it was a chair in my bedroom. I would pile it to the ceiling. Right now I have two hot spots in my home: the dining room table and the bed in the extra bedroom. The dining room table is a staging area. We put the unopened mail there, as well as any thing that needs to go to the basement. Some times you cannot see the top of the table. This is the first thing I see when I walk into the kitchen. Granted, the pile has only been there since last night, but if I don’t deal with it first thing in the morning, it will collect many more items by evening. CLUTTER ATTRACTS CLUTTER. The Bed in the extra bed room is just the same. I use it as a place to put things that don’t have a home. Do you have areas like this that continue to grow if left alone? Does the rest of the family see this as a place to put things when they do not want to put them where they belong? It is our job to NIP this in the bud. Get rid of that pile, find the surface underneath, and stop the Hot Spot from becoming a raging Clutter inferno! – FlyLady

What to do about a Hot Spot

Hold a Hot Spot Fire Drill daily.  Take 5-10 minutes each day to clear the hot spots. Put away.  Throw away.

Think about what kind of items land in the hot spot.  Is it mail?  Resolve to deal with the mail immediately when you bring it into the house  instead of throwing it on the hot spot.  Is it shoes or outerwear?  Put some organizational tools near your hot spot.  A shoe shelf, baskets for hats and gloves, hooks or a rack for coats.   Is it stuff that has no home?   Resolve to find a home for the stuff or get rid of it!

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How do you take care of your hot spots?  What tip listed here or elsewhere can you put into action this week?

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