Every home has one: a dumping place we lay stuff down when we come in the house.
In our house in the city, it was the stairs, as the foyer was perched between one set going up and one going down in the split level house.
I also dumped mail on the kitchen table, and Dale put his stuff on a ledge in the family room.
There aren’t as many dumping places in Our Little House, but we still put stuff on the kitchen table, which I clean off every weekend. In the winter, we also sling our coats over the kitchen chair. In a small home, anything cluttering surfaces looks twice as bad.
When we visited Sevierville, Tennessee on one of my work assignments in September, we went into a store that had a lot of cabin décor. I found a hall tree (pictured above) that is perfect for my office.
However, there is really no room for a standing tree or even one that hangs in the house. Hanging the coats back in the closet each time we come in seems like it would be a simple solution, but like sorting mail and not cluttering up the kitchen table every day, it doesn’t seem to happen.
Even after five years of small house living, we are still disciplining ourselves on keeping the clutter out.
Do you find yourself (or family) throwing coats in a certain area, rather than hanging them up?