In the organizing world we often tell people that everything should have a home, which is very good advice. Usually we’re speaking in generalities about how food goes in the pantry or toiletries go in the bathroom, but today I want to talk about very specific homes for very specific things.
Yesterday I was with someone who was taking me into the building where she works, and she had a very specific pocket in her purse where she always keeps her identification badge. I am currently traveling, and I thought of several similar examples in my own bag and suitcase where having an exact location for something is an incredible time-saver and provides immediate reassurance in moments of panic!
Here are some examples, both in traveling and at home, where having a VERY specific home for something is extremely wise:
- Identification/passports: I carry a red vinyl see-through string-closure envelope from the office supply store that helps me locate my passport, especially handy when the family is traveling together and there are multiples. (Here is another good tip about managing your family’s passports on the road, and here’s a post with a photo of the string-closure envelope I mentioned.) I also keep that envelope in a specific pocket in my bag.
- Keys: Put them on a hook or in a bowl by your door. Always, always, always.
- Phone: Have a specific pocket in your bag for your phone, or holster it. When you get home always put your phone in one of 2-3 places (mine are by the back door, on my desk, or on my table in my bedroom). Now there are only a few places to look instead of everywhere!
- Your quart-size bag of liquids for security: Carry this in a specific pocket so you can grab it quickly when you are going through the security line.
- Wallet: If I have carried it separately, I always put my wallet down by my purse, right by the back door when I walk in the house. Inside my purse, my wallet goes in a specific place as well.
- Emergency papers such as wills and insurance information: Keep a clearly marked, red folder right in the front of your file drawer with either these documents or instructions about where to find them.
The Travel category here on the blog has many other strategies for having specific homes for your items. One of the more popular posts was on modularizing your bags, both purses and luggage, which included a big shout out to one of our most popular products in our store, the Purse Organizer— it takes the idea of specific homes for things to an entirely higher level! I use mine constantly to find my breath mints, lip balm, and other purse items “by feel” without even needing to look in my purse.
There are many other examples of these specific homes. What are your favorites? Share in the comments!
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