Contain your clutter


So here’s our first post! We are so, so excited to start our blog, and we really hope you’ll enjoy it and give us feedback as often as you can. We hope to grow and learn right along with those who join us each day. So here goes…As moms who work outside the home, Jill and I both struggle trying to keep all the “stuff” around our house under control on a day-to-day basis. So, we created four simple things you could do over the next month to make your home feel a bit more like a haven.

1) Use baskets and buckets everywhere.

We all have areas of our house where everyday items pile up: shoes at the front door, books next to the bed, random things scattered up and down the stairs, etc. Place a stylish bucket or basket in those areas and pick one time a week to put everything away – otherwise, you’ll end up just letting it all stack up and spill out onto the floor.

Basket for shoes at the front door

Basket for shoes at the front door

2) Create a Mail Center.

Find an open space on your wall near your kitchen or mud room dedicated to organizing your mail and important school documents. Most home goods stores have inexpensive mail centers or magazine racks that hang on the wall – they range from $10 to $50. Not only will this help keep your counters paper-free, you’ll be able to find these documents a lot faster.

Wall mail center

Wall mail center right by garage entrance

3) Find furniture that doubles as storage.

Even though we spend the majority of our time in our kitchens and family rooms, most of us would rather not have those spaces completely covered with plastic toys and electronics all the time. So buy a few pieces of furniture that have plenty of storage space to hold toys, portable electronics, chargers, workout items, and game station accessories. You don’t even have to spend a ton of money on new furniture. Just scour garage sales, craigslist, or thrift stores for pieces with doors, drawers or lids. Then personalize them with a new paint job or fun new hardware. Our favorites are:

  • Trunks or ottomans with lids that double as coffee tables (this is an example from my own family room)
  • Entertainment hutches with doors across the bottom
  • Side tables with drawers that hold chargers when not in use
Coffee Table Organization

Coffee Table Organization

4) Have a designated “place” for everyday items.

It’s so frustrating when we’re ready to walk out the door, and we can’t find our keys, kid’s backpack, purse, sunglasses, or other must-have stuff. Create spots for the things you use every day, and commit to utilizing them. For instance, when you walk in from the garage…

  1. Immediately set your keys and sunglasses in a designated spot – this could be in a drawer or a hook on the mail center;
  2. Set your mail and other important documents in the mail center;
  3. Then place purses and backpacks in a convenient location, such as the hall closet or on hooks in the laundry room or mud room.

Incorporate these solutions into your house and daily routine, and you’ll notice a positive change in your stress and energy level. What are your clutter-free tips?

11 Comments on Contain your clutter

  1. Holly Ites
    April 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I love these ideas! My home is really small and furniture that doubles as storage space is a must. I was lucky enough to find a small drop-leaf dining table on a hutch pedestal, perfect for storing table linens and other table ware.

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    • Erica
      April 3, 2013 at 1:24 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment and for visiting the site Holly! Love your dining table on a hutch solution!

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    • Erica Jones
      April 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Love the idea of a drop-leaf table on a hutch pedestal to save room!

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  2. Stefanie Leland
    April 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your new blog…Is that your house, Erica? Darling… I think posting everyday is a good thing. That way people get use to checking you out !!! Bravo on your first day!!!!

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    • Erica
      April 3, 2013 at 1:22 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Stefanie! Yes, most of the pics are my house. The basket photo is from my wonderful neighbor’s adorable house. We’re definitely hoping to post everyday, so let’s hope that happens!

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    • Erica Jones
      April 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm (4 years ago)

      I thought I responded to this, but apparently it didn’t populate. :) Yes! Most of these are my house with the exception of the basket – that’s from my neighbor’s adorable house. We’re definitely going to try and post every day, so please come back often! XO

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  3. Katie Elsmore
    April 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I am obsessed with baskets! I try to find reasons to buy more baskets. Shoes, I had not thought of…I think I need another basket!

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    • Erica Jones
      April 3, 2013 at 1:20 am (4 years ago)

      So glad I inspired you to buy more baskets. Parag will thank me. :)

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  4. Anne Simmons
    April 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the blog – thanks for all the inspiration!

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  1. Contain your clutter – Part II | Middle Redefined
    May 2, 2013 at 1:31 am (4 years ago)

    [...] This slogan holds true in our household.  Each and every room in our house seems to have a basket, bin or tote to put items.  And in case you missed the first edition of “Contain your clutter” from Erica check it out here. [...]

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