The Key to Calm Mornings


One of the most frustrating things about this renovation and move was the loss of our morning routine.  You’d think it would be easy to just fall back into our routine, but, friends, the struggle is real.

In the not-so-distant past, our mornings were calm and peaceful.  Now they’re frenzied and rushed.  I spend at least 3 out of 5 weekday mornings frantically asking Sean if he’s seen my keys and ripping everything out of my purse.  After checking the counter and my purse, I scoot downstairs to see if they’re in my coat pocket; then remember that my coat is actually on the back of a chair upstairs.  Up the stairs I go.  But my keys aren’t there.  I look on the counter again.  Sean looks around.  They are nowhere in sight.  I glance at the clock. Yup, going to be late.  I check my purse again. Success!  They’re in the outside pocket – the one spot in my purse I didn’t think to check because I never put things there.  Then I remember: I put the keys in the front pocket last night so they would be easy to find in the morning. Needless to say, I’m frustrated with myself, flustered, and late for work.

It’s taken me a few weeks to realize that I’ve fallen into an old pattern.  What caused this relapse?  We have more space in this house AND have gotten rid of a lot of stuff.  Why can’t I find what I need?  And then it hits me: there isn’t a spot for keys.

The difference between this house and our last is that we don’t have a designated landing spot – an L-Spot, if you will – when we come home.  While we have more space, there definitely isn’t a place for everything yet.  So it ends up spread out and difficult to find when we need it.

Previously, we each had a basket for keys and a few other things.  These were accessible near the door where we hung our coats and stored our shoes.  Currently, our main downstairs entry is cluttered with things still to be put away.  There isn’t room to put anything down so we just keep bringing everything upstairs with us: shoes, bags, coats and, yes, keys.  No wonder our mornings have been so chaotic with everything in different spots.

This realization has motivated me to finish putting everything away and get our main downstairs entry set up as our L-Spot.  We aren’t quite ready to do the finishing touches yet, but we can at least get it sorted out (looking forward to sharing it with you when we are done).  For now, we’re going to use the upstairs closet as our landing spot.  It’s not as convenient, but it reduces the number of areas I need to search down to one.  Unfortunately, my legs will miss the extra workout from the additional trips up and down the stairs!

 

Have you found your L-Spot, yet?  Let us know how you keep keys, coats and shoes organized in the comments.

 

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