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When you have kids, the battle between order and chaos at home can take place on many fronts. Ordering Disorder is about ways to fight domestic entropy with organizing tips, tricks, meal ideas and more.
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When I was growing up, we lived in a one-story house, but I always wished we had an upstairs. However, my mother never wished it, and I couldn’t understand why.
Now I live in a 2-story house, and I understand some of how she felt about it, but it’s not really related to having to walk up, and down; it’s more about how our stairwell has become a nifty place to store some of the detrius that doesn’t seem to have a home.
As you can see, there’s all kinds of “important” items there. I can remove them and return them to their rightful owners, but there’s just more flotsam and jetsam waiting to take their place.
We’ve tried using a stair step basket that is allegedly a place to keep things to grab the next time you go upstairs, but somehow we just ended up filling it up, and the items took up permanent residence there. Actually, that happens with many of the things we attempt to organize in containers. The containers end up becoming a pretty place for the junk to live rather than actually solving the problem.
Wait, maybe the issue is us and not the containers? Nah.
I think it will take a change in attitude from the entire family about leaving things there to keep it clear, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.
Sure, things left on the stairs can be a safety hazard, but more importantly, they’re driving me insane just by being there, so I’m on a mission to keep this spot in the house clean.
Do you have stairs that tend to accumulate junk? If so, what do you do about it? Please share any and all hints!
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