What’s an “Exit Station”?
Since we don’t all have the luxury of a dedicated mud-room in our homes, creating an organizational system for leaving the home can be a challenge if there is very limited space, So, after being asked by many clients over the past few years, “Where do I put my library books to return?”, or “Where do I put my store returns?” I came up with the CastAway the Clutter! Organized Exit Station™ pictured here. The Organized Exit Station™ is to gather the clutter to one place until it’s time to leave the house.
This particular set-up is perfect for small spaces, but can be customized to fit your needs. You could use a wide cubby shelf, or a ready-to-assemble bookcase from your local discount department store, or anything you already have on hand that can be re-used for this purpose. The key is to figure out what bins or containers you need, and where it’s going to go in your home. Remember that it needs to be near where you exit your home, whether it’s near the front door, back door or garage.
Don’t forget to use it regularly:
Finally, for items like donations, library books and returns, it is a good idea to also enter reminders in your planner or smart phone so that you know what needs to be dropped off/returned, and pick a day that works for you.
If you have a system that works for you, please share.