Storing items to go elsewhere are set by my front door also. After realizing that I had left things there for three months, I devised a schedule. Every other Saturday, I load them into the car and drive them where they need to go. What a hassle this is!!! It takes so much time!
Consequences of that: 1) my entry way is tidier 2) people really appreciate that I return things timely 3) I get so sick of the chore and time of driving everything around, that I shortened the task by thinking to take those items to their buildings during the week when I happen to be going by there anyway! Now, I drive less on Saturdays for the purpose of returning.
The pile has things like stuff to go to mom's house, storage, Thrift Store, Consignment Store, Used book store, returned items to most any store in town, something to my sister's house, etc. You get the idea.
can you set up a "return day" like every weekend, that spot has to be emptied and everything taken care of?
I have a similar problem in my laundry room. it is the connection to the garage and anything I want to put in the garage, I tend to throw on top of the dryer to take out "later" well later never seems to come.
"It's not so much commitment as it is surrender." F A I L - First Attempt In Learning.
I keep mailing supplies, including boxes and labels, in the front hall closet. That way I can very easily pack things I am mailing to my relatives out of town. That usually inspires me to make a trip to the post office and mail them. You can even print postage on line. The priority mail one price boxes make it easy.
My donations get put into bags in the spare bedroom until the bags are full. I make a list of everything in each bag for tax purposes, then load them in my car and take them to the Salvation Army drop off center.
Don't have a hard and fast solution that will work for everyone. One thing that works well for me is to fill a box or bag and take it to wherever I am donating it to THAT DAY! I also prefer to do that with trash. I get it out of the house and into the barrel or dumpster immediately.
Try out some things and find a technique that works for you. You will probably get some other ideas from other members to consider. Good luck!
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Next to the door, I have a space where I put things that are meant to be returned to other people. Books I've borrowed, things I think someone else could make better use of, etc. The problem is that eventually, like anything, my eyes sort of pass over the space without really seeing it and I constantly forget to take the stuff out of the house. Any tips on how I can be more on top of this?
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