Clutter coach Chip Cordelli turns this potential pileup spot (backpacks! jackets! soccer balls!) into a super-efficient on-off ramp for quick school-day exits and happy homecomings.
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Aspire to Inspire
If it looks like a dark, neglected pit in which to toss all things outerwear, guess what your family will be inclined to do? Instead, give this spot a paint job and some considered props: bins and boxes that add personality and texture. Let’s face it—this door will probably be open a lot of the time.
Enforce Term Limits
Maintaining a communal storage space calls for exponentially greater restraint, so instruct each family member to relocate any items that aren’t in active use (meaning at least once a week). New motto: Sharing is paring.