School is back in session, and fall is a perfect time to create a drop zone for your home. Organizing a home drop zone will save busy families valuable time every morning, and give everyone an centralized area to place regularly used items and access important information.
The drop zone should be located near the most frequently used door. In this example, the drop zone is located in the kitchen corner, by the door to the garage.
The main components of a drop zone can include:
A wall calendar to allow everyone in the family to see at a glance what is on the schedule.
A key hook, pen cup, change jar on a family drop zone.
A dry erase board or chalkboard to write important notes and reminders for that day.
A cork board or magnetic board to hold shopping lists and other reminders.
A key holder.
A notepad, pens & pencils: for recording important messages.
A charging station for phones and tablets.
An area for receipts to make it easier to keep track of finances.
A place for financial information such as a checkbook a calculator.
Be sure to include a place to hold wallets, phones, watches & other possessions. In the photo, Poppin desktop trays work well for each family member.
Mail inboxes or folders for each family member to help to eliminate paper piles. Another option is to separate the mail by tasks such as “to pay” or “to read”. Stamps and extra envelopes can be stored in this area as well.
If you have children, a wall pocket or folder to hold paperwork such as permission slips, PTA event notices, or other papers is helpful. You can create 1 folder or pocket for each child.
A family binder can also be stored here.