Thursday, August 30, 2007

The clutter basket















You know what it's like, when you see clutter or things out of their place, but are in too much of a hurry to pick them up? It happens to me often, for example when I'm in the middle of another chore, and don't want to get distracted. But not long ago, I found and put to use this cute little basket, which now has become known as 'the clutter basket'. I take with me to the room I'm cleaning or organizing at the moment, and when I see a few stray objects scattered around, I simply toss them into the basket and later put them where they belong. It's a small one, so there's no possibility of keeping a huge pile of clutter in it; it needs to be emptied often!

Waiting to read about your methods of emergency clutter solutions!

24 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I love this idea! :-> And I'm glad I'm not the only person who has occasional 'emergency clutter' moments! When I'm tidying and cleaning, I gather all the clutter in one room into a little a little pile on the floor, which I then trip over before I get to sort it out and put it away ... I think I'll have to find or buy a 'clutter basket'. I can imagine it will save me a lot of time and energy! :->

Anonymous said...

I have only a certain tolerance for clutter, too...beyond that point, it's almost like physical pain to have to deal with it! As soon as I'm done working on a messy project, I try & tackle the largest portion of the wreckage. Like yesterday, when I was canning tomatoes, I immediately washed up my equipment while the jars of tomatoes were processing. Had I left that, the chances would have been slim to none that I would get to it before it was time to make supper. As to little, continual messes, I have the kids pick up after themselves (they're older children, but still need reminding!), & before I turn in for the night I do a last minute walkthrough of the common areas of the house, & tidy up. It makes the morning much more pleasant for all of us!

Brenda

Brenda said...

I am going to need a much bigger basket!
Actually, one for toys and one for "other stuff" would do. I have this theory of cleaning: if you just hit all the horizontal surfaces (tabletops, countertops, end tables)then the room looks instantly better!

Dawn said...

Throw it in the closet, slam the door shut and run away from it as fast as possible...lol. :)

PandaBean said...

This is a great idea. Our apartment is a 2-story townhouse, with all the bedrooms upstairs. In the morning I put all the items I can remember into a bag and take it downstairs; then in the evening I fill it up with things that need to go upstairs. While I don't always remember to do this and easily forget things that need to go up or down, it helps a ton; especially when I'm also carrying Amelia up and down the stairs!

God Bless!

Coupon Addict said...

I have a two story home. So as I go about my day. When I find things to and fro, I lay them on the stair case. When I go up stairs I simply return them to thier proper place. Saves me a ton of trips and keeps the downstaris looking pretty. I do think your basked shown is lovely. Where did you find it?

Kelly said...

I wish that was all my clutter looked like. Between a husband and a toddler I've found new definitions of clutter. :-)

Baskets, boxes, and other storage containers are always a great idea to just dump things into when you don't have time or just can't really put all of it exactly where it belongs.

I like Dawn's idea! ;-) I like it so much I have to be careful when I open closets. Just kidding, well sort of. Closets are a god send when someone shows up suddenly or with little warning. You can just toss stuff away till after they leave.

Kelly

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I'm afraid that with three children, I'll need a much larger basket ;-)

Anna S said...

Coupon addict, my mom bought it some time ago and it has been sitting on a shelf for *ages*, until I spotted it when we moved, and decided to put it to use!

... And a bigger basket would eliminate the effect of forcing me to deal with clutter *often* ;) But when guests come, I use what Dawn suggested and just toss everything into a closet, hoping it won't burst ;)

Michelle Potter said...

When I am cleaning a room and find things that belong somewhere else, I toss them in a pile by the doorway to be picked up and put away on my way out. Sometimes I use a laundry basket for this. (It's big enough to handle lots of clutter, but has to be emptied right away because I need it for the laundry!)

When my kids clean their rooms, they aren't allowed to go put things away in other rooms (because they'll disappear into the bathroom for 20 minutes while they "put this shirt in the dirty clothes hamper.") So they toss everything that doesn't belong into the hallway, and then clean the hallway immediately after being done with their rooms. The rule is that your room isn't "clean" until you've cleaned the hallway, too.

Karen said...

I like this idea! My eldest daughter found a basket to pick her toys up as she went along, then dumped it into her toy box when it was full. So clever!

I've got a LOT more clutter than you what with me, a husband, and 2 little kids. However, I've found that for the most part if you get 2 bags - 1 for trash and 1 for clothes, and clear all that up first, it makes things less overwhelming!

But I always end up with things which I just don't know WHAT to do with! If my husband wasn't such such a pack-rat (he admits it!), I could just give them away!

Kathleen said...

I just use an old shoebox. The problem is that it has "homeless" things in it, and I never get around to dealing with them!

Candy said...

LOVE it!!!! :)

USAincognito said...

My emergency clutter solution? I hate to say it, but it just remains a clutter until I finally get around to going from room to room, slowly putting things back where they belong.
Although, I really don't have clutter too often due to my perfectionistic tendencies. I have to have everything in its place. I may not be good at getting the vacuuming done and bathroom cleaned (etc.), but things are definitely in their place. lol.
It usually takes me all of 15 minutes once a week to pick up anything that I may have neglected to put away - those being the weeks I am really busy with work and barely have time to sleep or eat!

Alexandra said...

That's an awfully pretty clutter basket. Even your clutter is nice. ;) I'm afraid we'd need a basket the size of a huge laundry basket for our clutter! I have to put things away, or it accumulates like you wouldn't believe.

Haus Frau said...

Hmm. At the present moment I have a *few* baskets going. sigh. Maybe if I'd get away from blogging I could take care of the basket-brigade. :o)

Haus Frau said...

One more thing, Anna. I added more info about El's BMI. Perhaps you can take another peak and offer some insight. Thanks!

Anna S said...

... Of course my clutter is nice *for this picture* :P

Susie said...

Anna,
I try to go through the house in a fast "sweep" and do a de-clutter at the end of the night, getting the clutter in it's "home" or near it's "home". I must say though, with 2 little ones, the clutter seems to "camp" next to it's "home" rather than live there. =P Doesn't effort count?? J/K
~Susie

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That is a good idea! We put things in the utility room until we can put them where they need to go.

loretta said...

This is so clever! I am the world's worst person when it comes to clutter- most of the time I am the one doing the cluttering, lol. I am trying to improve in this area. If I see something that I know is out of place, I tend to place it in my favorite chair- that way I have to put it back in it's home before I can sit down.

Anna S said...

Here we don't actually have a utility room (more like a utility corner in the kitchen), which might be good, because in the old apartment the utility room was always cluttered. Not having a 'no visitor' area really stimulates you to work more on this!

Mrs. Greg Green said...

What a FABULOUS idea! Please forgive me, bu I am definitely stealing it.

Anna S said...

Mrs. Green, you are most welcome. That's why I posted it in the first place :)