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My “Stairway System”

As we have mentioned on the blog before, one thing that we have learned over the years is that organization doesn't have to be beautiful. 

Nothing against Martha Stewart, but the perfectly arranged craft tins and color coordinated closets that are sometimes pictured aren't practical for many people to maintain.  If your organization system is functional and allows you to to live in organizational harmony, I think that is most important than looking perfect.

I want to share one example of this in my house.   If you look at my staircase, I always have things at the top and at the bottom of the stairs.   It helps me make sure things are "in motion" to their appropriate places instead of letting them get cluttered in the wrong area of the house.  

I snapped a shot of what this might look like on a normal day:


Another benefit to this system is remembering things to take "out of the house".  My bottom step always contains the stuff that needs to leave.   I tend to be forgetful, so if I know I am going to a friend's house and need to drop off that book I borrowed or a recipe, etc., I always make sure it is in sight on my step the week before it needs to go.   That way, I take a quick glance and can just 'grab and go' without running all over the house trying to find it, or worse, forgetting it.

What things do you do to stay organized that aren't necessarily forms of "pretty" organization?

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  15. Mandy October 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    My stairway system is for toys and other childrens items. The only thing up my stairs is kids bedrooms so when their things start piling up in the family areas I can pick up those areas without making a billion trips upstairs. They know it is their responsibility to take these items the rest of the way to their rooms and if they sit on the step too long they will go to someone else who will care more about them. Another not-so-pretty organizing thing we do uses plastic dishpans. We have one with each persons name on the shelves above the toliet. This keeps all each persons bath stuff in one spot. . . it also makes it easier to keep the kids from being wasteful because they each have their own travel sized bottles of shampoo, ect. . . and if it doesn’t last them a reasonable ammount of time they are out of luck and they can’t blame the waste on someone else.

  16. Gingerale February 28, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    I also have my stairway system. Who cares if Martha don´t like it? I don´t!!!
    Kind regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  17. Lauren Spahr February 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Glad to hear that others use it 🙂

  18. ModernMom February 10, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    I have the exact same system in my house! Works like a charm:)

  19. Lauren Halagarda February 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Proof that an organizing system doesn’t have to be complicated to work!

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