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Create Stations in your Home – Tip of the Week

Most rooms serve multiple purposes.  Think about it. 

Is your living room, just a living room?  Probably not.  It’s where you relax at the end of a stressful day; where you have important conversations with your kids; where you fold laundry and change the baby’s diaper while you are on the phone with your best friend; where the kids play with their toys so you can keep an eye on them while you are cooking dinner in the kitchen; and it’s where you entertain friends and family during the holidays.

Is your kitchen, just a kitchen?  Nope.  Your kitchen is not just where you cook your favorite family meals.  Sorting the mail and you pay the bills happens there.  The kids do their homework and you sign their permission slips in the kitchen.  It’s where you dump your purse and brief case at the end of a long workday and where all the backpacks and lunch boxes are left waiting to be repacked for the next day.

Landscaping and Creating Stations

As you begin to reorganize your space, whatever space that might be, identify where various tasks will take place in that particular room.  This is called landscaping, similar to the various landscaping stations you find in your backyard – the garden, the flower bed, the outdoor kitchen, the kids’ zone, the pool area, etc.  Just like in your yard, create stations in your space where those specific tasks happen and take place on a regular basis.  Put only items that are frequently needed and help you to complete those tasks in those stations. 

Our Dog Station for all Major's things
Dog Station

For example, in our kitchen, on our counter tops, we have a DOG STATION…  all things Major related are in this station.  His treats, his meds, his food, his dishes, etc.  We have a COFFEE/TEA STATION. 

Our Coffee/Tea Station with everything needed to get our morning caffeine
Coffee/Tea Station

All things related to our morning need for caffeine are located in this spot.  Mugs, coffee, tea, sweeteners, etc. 

The Notes Station in our kitchen
Notes Station

We also have a NOTES STATION. This is where we keep note pads for taking phone messages and a dry erase board for me to write reminders to Russell of things that need to be done. 

We also have stations in our cabinets.  In one cabinet is our BAKING STATION.  This is where all things needed for baking are kept.  Everything from baking soda to molasses, from vanilla beans to almond flour, and everything in between.  Everything for baking is in this one cupboard and when I get a craving for Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries, I know exactly where to go.  No need to go hunting for the ingredients.

Create Stations in your Home

Having stations helps to keep your spaces organized.  If it doesn’t belong in that station… Don’t put it there.  If it does, you know where to put it when it needs to be put away or comes into your home. 

Think about your various rooms.  What are other stations you could create in your home?  Homework station.  Bill paying station.  Gift wrapping station.  Puzzle making station.  Sports gear station.  Laundry folding station.  Creation station.  Create the stations that work for you and your family.

No two homes are identical.  Your home and its makeup are completely different than mine, so do what works for you and your family as you set to create stations in your home.

Here’s to resetting and creating stations in your home!


“A place for everything and everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin

P.S. Dis you create a new station or two in your home?  Let me know.  I’d love to hear all about it.  If you found this post useful, please be sure to share it with others, who may like it as well.


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