I’m a professional organizer – why you should create a 'drop zone' to keep your home tidy without even thinking about it

SOMETIMES, regardless of how much you clean, it just seems like clutter keeps piling up in your home.

That's why a professional organizer and mom of four came up with a simple idea that makes a huge difference in keeping up with her home's tidiness.


Allison Weigensberg, the expert and owner of Everything in Place, shared that her easy method for keeping her home's clutter in control is placing waste bins and baskets throughout it.

In a video posted online, she said to place these bins in your home's "drop zones," or places where things often get thrown to the side, like shoes, jackets, and mail.

Moving through her house to show where she has placed hers, she said: "Upstairs I have this basket to collect [recyclables], in the bathroom, there's this little bucket to collect dirty washcloths, [and] next to our front door I use a stair basket for recycling all the junk mail that comes in."

Weigensberg added that she has a second basket on her stairs so "everything gets back in its place."

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Furthermore, she said she places "small wastebaskets wherever they can be tucked away."

The last storage area she showed was under her kitchen sink, where she put another bucket for dirty dish towels.

In the comment section of her video, Weigensberg noted that it's important to remember to empty the buckets with dirty towels and rags in them so there isn't a chance for mildew to form.

Her video received a generally positive review from viewers, as one asked where the tip had been all of their lives.

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"I'm so glad I found you," another added.

"I have a tiny apartment.

"I have ADHD and I'm stressing over my place.

"Small little changes help me not to get overwhelmed."

Multiple other viewers admitted they were influenced to go to the store and purchase wastebaskets for around their houses after seeing the hack.

In other storage and organization news, a minimalist shared four questions people should ask themselves when spring cleaning their closets that will help them instantly declutter.

Plus, a mother of both teens and toddlers revealed the fun game she plays with her family to encourage them all to participate in tidying up the house.


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