“Everything should have a home.”
You hear that from professional organizers all the time, but the reality is things don’t always get placed in their “home”. If that sounds familiar, a lost and found basket may help your home.
At my house there always seems to be a few items that just don’t make it to where they belong. The items typically belong to my kids, but occasionally the items belong to me.
When I come across these items, and I am the only person home, I put away the items that belong to me. What about the items that don’t belong to me? Well, I will let you know that I prefer not to responsible for my children’s things. One of reasons why is because in the past I have misplaced items or, even worse, I have identified items as trash and they turned out to be something valuable to my children. But, the primary reason is that I want to teach my kids to be responsible for their own stuff.
I found an easy solution to this problem of things not being where they belong. I call it the “lost and found” basket.
My lost and found basket is placed in our family room in a discreet location. Whenever I come across something that doesn’t belong in the main area of the house, I just place it in the basket. This keeps our space tidy and keeps my kids happy because their toys don’t end up being misplaced or in the trash. They just need to check the basket whenever they are looking for something.
The basket works great, but occasionally it does need to be cleaned out. That might be the perfect time to ask your kids if this is an item that could or should be donated or sold.
What tips do you have to contain the clutter that needs to get back to its home? I love hearing your ideas.