We will start with what I call a hot spot, because my stairs are very scary and I really want you to stick around.
A hot spot is an area that seems to collect clutter if you don’t stay on top of it. They are usually areas that just take minutes to get under control.This ledge is a major hot spot in our home. It is right in the center of our home and seems like the perfect place to put little things that really should be put away where they go!
I’m finding a big part of the clutter around here is due to our home office being unorganized. There seems to be a lot of office supplies that I’m coming across, in our junk drawer, on this ledge, on our stairs. Once our home office is minimalized, I think we will all be better with getting this stuff where it belongs.
This hot spot only took about 5 minutes. I grabbed everything off the ledge and put it on our table.
Here is what it looked like:
I started with making piles of things. Like with like. It helped to get whatever looked like trash out first. Then I had office supply pile, an earring pile, a pile of hair bands & combs, a pile of papers that needed attention, and some miscellaneous stuff.
By putting them into piles, it made it easier to put them all away. The office supplies were put in my our home study, which was hard to know where to put them because I have yet to declutter that room and it seems to be getting worse and worse as my other rooms get better! I’m finding this true for all of the left over rooms that I have yet to minimalize. I started with the easiest rooms of our home and I’m gradually getting to the rough ones. Not only did these rooms start out rough, but as I get stuff put away from other rooms, these unfinished rooms just keep getting piles added. Ugh. They are going to be a joy! At least I will have you all here along with me to see all the joyfulness. Ha.
So on to the scary stairs. I shared this picture in an earlier post. I confessed to loading things onto the stairs as I minimalized rooms instead of putting things away. Now for the most part, it is not as lazy as it looks, because most of that stuff DOES go upstairs. But it had piled up way worse than I ever let it, as the rest of my house was getting minimalized.
These Rubbermaid tubs came to the rescue. They are really neat because they have a door that swings down so you can get to them from the side. So clever! I marked them Giveaway, Put Away, & Trash.
I have found that they are perfect to use as I go about with my decluttering and minimalizing. Especially once I got the stairs under control, I started using the bins to keep them that way!
I did the same thing with the stairs as I did with the hot spot. It took about 15 minutes. Here is what our table looked like 1/2 way through. It may not look like it, but I am making ‘like with like’ piles to make putting it all away much easier.
Here are the stairs halfway through. Getting better! Getting safer!!
I had my bins close by and used the trash bin and also the giveaway bin. The put away bin sat empty as I needed the large space of my table for this large chore.
See what I mean? Oh boy. The shoes and leggings in the front go to my room. The books are library books and it was so nice to have a specific drawer in the living room for those. I had a crafty pile and a beauty supply pile. I had a seasonal pile of things that need put away for winter, and the far left of the pic is a large pile of my daughters things, as her room is upstairs and her stuff often gets put on the stairs, but not taken up!
It felt great to see that my Giveaway Bin was getting full. I will take that out to the trunk. This bin load will fill my trunk so I will be dropping off my first trunk load of Giveaway stuff to Goodwill in a couple days. Yay me!!
Ahhh…so much better.
After my house is minimalized, I will be turning my attention to some home projects. Something I’ve wanted to do for awhile was get rid of ugly stair carpet and refinish the stairs in some way. I have been collecting some fun ideas on my Home: Floors board at Pinterest.
Those 3 baskets that you see in my pic above are for the 3 rooms upstairs. The master bedroom, the craft room and my daughters room. My husband is convinced they just collect clutter and just “whatever” gets thrown in there, even stuff that does not belong. He has got a point.
Am I better off without them? OR do we enforce consequences to little ones who put things in the wrong basket or things that do not belong on the stairs in them? It would also help to mark the baskets so there is NO excuse.
How about this idea for baskets on the stairs is from Sew Many Ways? She calls them crap baskets and has one for each family member. That is an idea! She puts whatever she finds around the house in the baskets and they are responsible for putting them away. Maybe this would be a better idea for me. I only have 3 baskets for the 3 areas upstairs, but this idea might be better.
How do you handle stairs and the things that belong up them?
I love hearing that you are all minimalizing too, so let me know if you are!
More In This Series:
Minimalizing My Living Room
Minimalizing My Dining Room
My Big Fail While Minimalizing
Minimalizing My Sunroom