Here’s the thing: I want a home that if, when a friend or family member calls and says “I’ll be over in 5 minutes,” I could actually straighten up in that amount of time and have the house be presentable to a guest. If you walked into my house right now, you would find that the coffee table is covered in mail, magazines, and detritus that hubby and I have taken from my purse and his pockets and left there.
I've pored over realsimple.com, marthastewart.com, unclutterer.com looking for the perfect solution for this "point of entry" clutter. But the perfect solution involves a purchase – a purchase that I can’t afford to make right now.
This is what I'm coveting now:
I really want a secretary desk like this for our living room, one in which I can store & sort the mail; have stationery on hands for thank you notes & correspondence; store & charge our iPods, digital cameras and laptops. I'll even take IKEA -- I saw a great article in Better Homes & Gardens a few months ago that detailed how to turn an IKEA Alve secretary desk into an entryway organizer, and that’s basically what I’m going for. They even suggested drilling a hook in the side to hang your purse when you come home.
We have the Clark Wall Shelf & Bench with Baskets set in red from JCPenney (which by the way is on sale and looks just like the PB version) and I think the set was a good investment, but I need storage for the things I mentioned above.
What do you do to keep things organized at your home's entry point?