Creating an Organized Family Launch Pad


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A launching/landing pad is one of the most helpful systems to create because it’s your designated space for a quick and easy transition when leaving or arriving home. A place for family members to drop their bags, backpacks, keys, coats, shoes, or anything else that will help them get out of the door on time.


Find the right space and storage


Create a launch pad wherever you exit and enter your home. This could be in a mudroom, foyer, garage, hallway, or any area near the front or back door. Your scope will vary depending on the number of family members living at home. So be creative! You could convert a coat closet into your launchpad by adding shelving, cubbies, and hooks, giving each family member their own dedicated basket, bin, and space. Consider using a bookshelf or have built-in shelves designed.

Not enough space for a shelf? Don’t overlook wall space and go vertical. Think hooks for bags, coats, backpacks, and keys. Peruse Pinterest for inspiration and helpful ideas.


As you create your space, consider items you need to store: 1. Shoes - shelving, racks, cubbies, shoe bench, cabinets

2. Coats - hooks, hall trees, closet space

3. Bags - hooks, cubbies, shelves, bins

4. Keys and other smaller items - hooks, bins, baskets on shelves or dressers

Remember, this is a space for the items you use most frequently each season. Store rarely worn items in other locations to keep the space from feeling cluttered.


Embrace maintenance


No space will stay perfectly organized forever, especially when it’s used by multiple family members. Create a daily habit of putting stray items back into their intended homes. This will only take a few minutes and save you time and the frustration of reorganizing the entire space.


Once you have your own launch pad, you’ll immediately notice how much smoother your transitions become. No more searching for keys, bags, or shoes. You will find your things when you need them so that you can get on with your day!



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