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How to Create a Drop Zone

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by Polycorp

Every home has a drop zone – the place you find yourself in when you enter your home, which can be anything from a large mud room in your single-family home to the entry hall in your urban condo in Nova Scotia.  But no matter how the space is configured, it’s still the spot where you can drop your keys, mail, groceries and packages while you take off your coat, shoes, and in winter time, your boots, hat, gloves, scarf..….you know what I mean!  This all adds up to one word – clutter!  And, if you’re like me, clutter can cause you to feel stressed and detracts from the enjoyment of your home.

As we all accumulate more and more ”stuff”, interior designers have come up with some solutions to deal with all that clutter, and we can all benefit from some of their ideas.  The main message is, if we put our minds to it, there are simple solutions to help resolve the problem.  Roll all these solutions into one convenient location, and you have a “drop zone”.

Here are some ideas on how to organize your drop zone:

  1. Hall table – A well-configured hall table can be placed in your entryway; add clutter bins to the bottom of it to keep organized. You can put a floating shelf (i.e. attached to the wall) above for mail, sunglasses and keys – and you’ll always know where to find them.
  2. Racks or baskets – Racks, or baskets if you don’t have an out of the way place for a rack or two, are great for shoes.  They are an important part of any drop zone, best positioned near the entryway where you and your guests normally remove shoes.
  3. Cubbies – Build or buy a series of cubbies which can be hung on the wall near the door – a funky light fixture, bold paint and a graphic rug create visual interest and keeps things organized at the same time.
  4. Hooks – A few hooks on the wall below your cubbies can be amazingly functional – perfect for hanging coats, bags, backpacks or keys.  They are great space-savers on walls, behind the door or even over the door. 
  5. Message board – Utilize an erasable message board in your drop zone area to write important messages and reminders for the family.  Once you’ve written it down, you can stop worrying about reminding or forgetting; another great stress reliever!
  6. Charging station – Have you noticed how many rechargeable items are normally found in every household?  Why not add a charging station to your drop zone?  A shelf or cubby equipped with a plug or a plug/USB port (have you seen these yet) is a great way to keep all those cords and devices from cluttering up your living space.  

With some creative thinking and a little effort, you can create a drop zone in your home or condo in nova scotia that will really make a difference in your life.  Once you’ve created your drop zone, you can enjoy your living spaces and even better, you won’t have to drop everything you’re doing to find what you need!


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