I have told you before that I am nosey, well.....I'm not a nosey person in "real" life (am I?) but apparently I am in "blog" life.....because it never seems to bother me to ask you a question. Of course, I don't mind if you ask me either.
So, let's talk about hot spots today. That's what flylady calls them. You know, the messy zone (a.k.a the Bermuda Triangle of your home where things just seem to disappear). What are those one or two (or three or four or fifteen) spots in your home where clutter seems to multiply? You set one thing down there, and after that, it gives birth to a whole multitude of items.
You may wonder why I said the spot where things just seem to disappear and the spot where things seem to multiply all in one paragraph. That's because both are true. Clutter does multiply. But I also find that it disappears. Because after awhile, I just don't notice it anymore. It becomes a part of the background "decoration" or something. I walk by it one to many times and then I ignore it.
That's why I have "check hotspots" on my daily list on my sidebar. So that I will remember to check them so that things don't pile to high and get out of control. Checking it keeps it under control. Sort of.....if you check it....which I haven't despite what my sidebar says. Hey, I'm a grown woman and I don't have to do everything my sidebar tells me to do....sorry! please forgive the attitude here.....little defensive I guess....hehehe!
Where are your hot spots? I have a place on my counter top that people like to pile things. Also on top of the microwave of all places. Seriously, the microwave???? Also, on the floor next to my side of the bed. Ooooohhh, hot zone. Nobody sees it (well, except for me) and it can be the perfect stash and dash place. But shhhhh!...don't tell anybody.
I think one smart thing would be to examine why these places are a hot zone. Why do you pile things there, of all places? Is it because you need to see them to remember them (are you a visual person?), or do you not have a filing system? Perhaps you just don't have a place for them yet. Or maybe you just don't feel like putting them away.
Look at your hot zones and ask yourself why they're there. What isn't working out? Ask yourself if they have anything in common (are they all papers, clothes, books?). Ask yourself what you could do to get rid of this hot zone once and for all.
Maybe you need a special place for library books, or a catch-all for papers to be filed. Perhaps you need an errand basket for the things you need to take with you on errands, or a spot for your husband's keys, wallet, cell phone. Maybe the newspapers need their own "home."
Whatever the spot, see if you can figure out how to fix it. Then, you'll be spot-less! (Sorry, couldn't resist).