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post #21 of 43
I love making record bowls. I have several in the house. I use them to catch keys, change, pens/pencils/markers, etc.


For mail, we just use a really nice, big, black wicker basket.
post #22 of 43
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I love making record bowls. I have several in the house. I use them to catch keys, change, pens/pencils/markers, etc.
Just wondering what a "record bowl" is?
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Thanks! How cute is that little girl in the video.
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she rocks my world. i love learning skills from children, because it encourages me that, in fact, i can do it. afterall, i'm 34. the difference is in the mind.
post #26 of 43
We just have a hard and fast rule that horizontal surfaces are not allowed to collect crap. Every night DH and I clear off the dining table, the kitchen island, and the desk. So there might be a few things on one or all of those surfaces, but since they get picked up nightly it's never an overwhelming amount.

Like right now there's a toy jaguar, the remote control, and a tissue on the desk; my phone, some superglue, a ball cap, and two goody bags from a birthday party on the island; and some play food on the table, but it's not overwhelming and it'll all be put away sometime tonight.
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Ugh, our's is the small sofa near the entry way. It is the dumping ground for diaper bags, toys, mail, uneaten lunches, etc. etc.

I clear it off and then one person arrives home and the thing is covered again.

What do you do with the stuff you have to put down when you enter the house?
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Ugh, our's is the small sofa near the entry way. It is the dumping ground for diaper bags, toys, mail, uneaten lunches, etc. etc.

I clear it off and then one person arrives home and the thing is covered again.

What do you do with the stuff you have to put down when you enter the house?
Maybe the answer is to get rid of the sofa? We used to have a big chair near the entry way and it always attracted stuff, and stuff sitting on a chair/sofa always looks messy. I moved the chair under the house, then later on we put it out near the road and someone took it away. (Hopefully it isn't causing a clutter problem for them!)

We have two entry points to the house, one from the front door if we have walked home, the other from the garage downstairs if we drove. If we come in the front door, sometimes small things or mail are put on the cabinet or low table that are near the door, but every week I clean that area and get rid of stray things. Mainly my daughters take their things (schoolbag, shopping bags,etc) straight to their room.

If we come up from the garage we take handbags to our bedrooms and shopping bags to the kitchen.

What sort of stuff generally finds its way onto your sofa?
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I want to start off by saying that I love your generous use of the word crap.

It's craptastic.

I'm thinking you could use some decorative boxes to store the misc. crap that gathers. They must have lids though so you don't have to see the crap. And perhaps you need a policy that if the crap doesn't make it to the crap receptacle, it gets tossed in a bag with other crap and hidden somewhere for a specified amount of time. If that plan causes mutiny, at least it's easy to shovel the crap into a box. Just cup the crap into the crap box, like when you spill sugar onto the counter.

Now that I think about it, I need some crap receptacles of my own. We're going to put our house on the market, so I'll need a handy place to stash the crap when people come see the house!
I forgot all about this post till I did a search tonight and there it was....thank you for making me laugh till I *almost* peed my pants....then again doesn't take much on the randomly 8 month preggo mama...
post #32 of 43
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I forgot all about this post till I did a search tonight and there it was....thank you for making me laugh till I *almost* peed my pants....then again doesn't take much on the randomly 8 month preggo mama...

Haha! I forgot about it too until just right now and lo and behold, the most recent post was yours in reference to mine!

***Crap Update!***

After reading this thread, I ran out, drove my crappy car to that great purveyor of all things crap, Walmart, and bought several crap receptacles in the office section. (They are solid colored boxes that are big enough for legal size paper.) I then proceeded to stash my crap in said crap receptacles and followed by listing our house for sale. We were happily surprised that even in this crappy market, our house sold at asking price in only 2 weeks!

post #33 of 43
Ohhhhhhh! I so hate it too! we have a 2 bd and no office and I have no idea how other people store all of their bills, stuff from school, and just papers! what do you do? I so wish we had an office!
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Reading Mama
wow! what a great feeling!
post #35 of 43
this thread is really helpful
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Originally Posted by *bejeweled* View Post
me too
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
We just have a hard and fast rule that horizontal surfaces are not allowed to collect crap. Every night DH and I clear off the dining table, the kitchen island, and the desk. So there might be a few things on one or all of those surfaces, but since they get picked up nightly it's never an overwhelming amount.

Like right now there's a toy jaguar, the remote control, and a tissue on the desk; my phone, some superglue, a ball cap, and two goody bags from a birthday party on the island; and some play food on the table, but it's not overwhelming and it'll all be put away sometime tonight.
but where oh where do you PUT it all?
post #38 of 43
I have a crap colliecting counter in my kitchen that is notarious for this! And it's usually the random mail and DH's stuff. I finally put a little try on the counter and told DH the only stuff that can be there MUST fit in his tray. That helps with his stuff but the rest still accumulates. Ugh.
post #39 of 43
I have a crap collecting counter in my kitchen too...I cleared it completely a week ago but it is pretty covered again now...sigh.
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I have a crap collecting counter in my kitchen too...I cleared it completely a week ago but it is pretty covered again now...sigh.
Thanks - I feel less like a complete failure now.
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