A long time ago, and I do mean a LONG TIME AGO - I was introduced to The Fly Lady. I had probably three or four kids and the chaos of life with small people made it difficult for the house to be organized and tidy. I was also under a large deal of pressure from my husband, who called upon countless memories of large families back in the day whose houses were immaculate and no one ever had an item out of place.
I know. He loves his rose colored glasses. He wears them often - only now, I've learned to whip those bad boys off his face and let him see the reality of life in the fast lane.
Anywho, The Fly Lady had this concept of "hot spots" - those areas in your house that magical attract piles. Your kitchen counter, the bar, the front walk way - your desk. She encouraged us all to rid ourselves of Hot Spots by working on them daily to get them cleared off - and then not allowing them to return by daily or even hourly vigilance.
As you might have guessed, I wasn't very successful. Witness my desk. No trash talking, if you please.
Despite the embarrassment of this photo - which, whatever, it bothers me not one whit, although I do make an effort every Friday afternoon to declutter so that I can start Monday with a mostly empty desk - the Hot Spots I want to speak about today are not the physical spots in your house that need decluttering, but the Hot Spots in your routine.
Lunch packing is a Hot Spot with us, so I make the kids do it the night before - and the days that we don't have that done - whew, boy, those mornings are a fresh level of frustration.
One of my kids has to wear a name tag at work, and keeping track of that name tag can sometimes be a bit challenging. So we have a second one - and I've counseled said child to keep the spare in the car, so it's there if that child arrives at work sans name tag.
I keep ink pens, sharpened pencils, a black sharpie, scissors and tape in my truck.
My girls keep feminine products in their book bags.
My food allergic kid is supposed to keep an extra snack with him at all times, so he's prepared.
I keep glass cleaner, scouring powder, paper towels and toilet cleaner under every sink, so you can clean the bathroom if you find yourself grossed out by the state it's in. (Funny. I'm the one who is usually using that stuff...)
There were many times that my kids were caught unawares that they had to wear dress uniform, so we kept spare jumpers and blouses under a seat for a long time.
What do you do to get rid of the Hot Spots in your life? What areas are Hot Spots for you?