I’m baaaaaaack…

I’m not sure that anyone has really missed me, but I’m back nonetheless!  I actually have had a few requests to start posting again, and I know I totally slacked over the holidays, so I figured now was a good time to get this blog going again.  I am making it one of my goals this year to be way more proactive and active with my blogging.  I am always open to doing posts about topics that readers are interested in, so please let me know if you have a burning desire to see me blog on a particular subject.

Today’s post will revolve around having what I call a launching pad.  A launching pad is a place when you come in the door where you put all of the things that come into the house with you on any given day ~ your keys, jacket, bag, purse, mail, etc.  It’s also a place where things that need to leave the house, such as items to be returned, mail to go out, and whatever you take with you on a daily basis live for the night to remind you to grab them the next morning.

There are TONS of options out there for a launching pad if you don’t already have the furniture in your house.  Here are a few examples from Pottery Barn (these are pricey, but I’m just using them as examples):

I daydream of having one of these beautiful entryway systems in my home….anyway, back to reality.  Here are a few more from Target, most of them separate so you can mix and match to create the system that you desire:

Obviously these are just a few of the many possibilities out there, but I wanted to show a couple of different options.  I have an entry bench and wall shelf with hooks combo in my entryway, and I love it.  It’s a dark espresso color, and the shelf has three open shelves plus hooks, while the bench has two cabinets (closed, no baskets).  In the bench cabinets, I have my bags tucked away in the left-hand one (my Bible study bag, coupon bag, plus either my diaper bag purse or my regular purse, whichever I’m not using that day).  In the right-hand cabinet, I stock a mini diaper-changing station so that I don’t have to traipse upstairs every time Charlotte needs a diaper change ~ I have a changing pad, diapers, wipes, diaper disposal bags, and then a few other odds and ends in a little plastic basket that are Charlotte-related, such as extra plug covers, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

On the bench, I have one basket that houses anything needing to go out the next day ~ items to go into my car, things I need to give my mom or a friend, or something I need to return (I also keep a bag in my car ~ an “errand bag” ~ for these types of things once they leave my house).

The three cubbies on the wall shelf are dedicated to each member of the family ~ Charlotte, Chris, and then me.  I put papers and other things with which I need to deal in mine, and Chris does the same.  Charlotte’s cubby usually doesn’t have much inside of it except the occasional pacifier and sometimes the shoes and socks that she’s wearing that day.

I also have a Post-It note sticky pocket (like this one: http://www.3m.com/us/office/postit/pockets/, except I have the horizontal one) that I put in between the utility room door (leads out to the garage) and the launching pad shelves.  In this pocket, which I just put up the other day, I now put outgoing papers or smaller items that I need to grab before I leave the house.  It’s worked out well so far and is very neutral-colored, so it doesn’t stand out too much.

A launching pad is a great way to keep things from piling up on your kitchen counter, washer/dryer, or dining room table (or wherever you use as a landing spot for all of your stuff at the end of the day!).  Even if you’re in a hurry and only have time to dump your keys and bag on the launching pad without really putting them up, that’s exactly what the spot is intended to be ~ a catch-all. However, it is meant to be an ORGANIZED catch-all, so make an effort to clean up and organize the shelves and bench every couple of days or so.

Keep it simple ~

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    Holly said,

    ohhhh…I so want one…nice!! I have hooks and an armore close..but this would be super freakin’ cool!

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    Lawfrog said,

    Such a great idea! I have a shelf that I place my keys on when I come in the door and a little night stand type thing by the door where I can put things to go out the next day, etc. But your ideas for a launching pad are fantastic! I’m going to see what I can do to make those work in my house.

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    Melissa said,

    awesome! Thanks. But I’d LOOOVE for you to do some pictures of stuff in your own house. Like a “this is how a REAL person does it” not just from an advertisement. Pleeeeease?

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