Well, we’re 3 weeks into the new year and while many New Year’s resolutions have already fallen to the wayside, we’re moving forward in our resolve to minimize, declutter and organize the home. Over Christmas break (and the following 2 weeks of inclement weather), we were able to clear 2 areas that have become real “hot spots” in our house: an odd-shaped area behind the rear staircase that became a dumping ground and a chair that collected all the lunch totes, coats, gloves, mittens and purses at the end of the day.
I wish I had a “before” picture that shows the odd space behind the stairs, but I was just too embarrassed to show it! When I say hot mess, I mean HOT MESS. Tools, boots, baskets, outdoor lawn cushions, empty boxes…anything that didn’t have a permanent home ended up in that space. It was the first thing you saw when you come in at the end of the day and the last thing in the morning, which was a downer to say the least! At 30 inches wide and 8 feet long, it was too narrow for a closet, shelves or bench. It was just 20 sf of wasted space…till last week when we created a much-needed and long overdue landing zone.
We purchased about 12 feet of pine 1X6 and put our Sweet Petunia to work painting it in an antique white to match the wood work. My darling husband and son mounted the boards at the 6 foot mark and then hung these awesome coat hooks that we found on Amazon. We really like these because the wide, blunt hooks won’t poke holes or stretch out sweaters or nylon jackets. Plus they’re crisp and clean looking and made in America. Win!
After the woodwork and hooks were hung, we used the 30 inch wide rear of the space for a bit of storage. A slightly-altered wire shoe rack with a waterproof mat underneath catches all the muck from snowy boots and the top shelf allows a spot for lunchboxes and purses. A hanging basket for keys and one for gloves finished the area.
We’ve still got some work to do before it’s finished, but it’s progress. I’d like to add some pretty trim at the top of the boards that resemble the surrounding woodwork and possibly hang a few interesting farmhouse items overtop. Maybe some of the old tools we found in the barn or a handmade sign?
I cannot tell you the difference it’s made at the rear of the house having a landing zone! No more coats thrown on random furniture. No more lunchboxes left on the kitchen counter or mucky boots puddling in the floor! And my very, very favorite part: no more “MOM!!! I CAN’T FIND MY GLOVES!” every single morning as we get ready for school! Be still my heart, that’s the best part!! In addition to having everything in its spot, reducing the visual clutter in the surrounding rooms has done so much for my mood! There’s nothing as disheartening as visual clutter in my mind!
If you’re struggling with the same mess we struggled with, there are a million different options on Pinterest for creating a landing zone in any kind of space: custom built-ins for deep spaces, clever, corner zones using upcycled cabinets, narrow, child-height zones for backpacks. There’s an idea for any kind of space once you identify the area and the goal for the area!
I know we can’t be the only family who struggles with the everyday stuff! Tell me how you’ve manage to beat the coat/boot/purse clutter!