When we moved into this house about a year ago I knew I needed to come up with a way to collect the "stuff" that accumulates around the house. This house has three levels and I wanted to find a way to A.) keep from having to run up and down the stairs 300 times a day and B.) keep things from piling up on the stairs (or anywhere else) until it was put away.
So, I decided to use baskets. I placed a basket on each level to collect the"stuff".
I started with a basket for the basement "stuff" because that is where the girls' playroom is and so much of it seems to find its way upstairs. So now, when it does, it goes into this basket. When it is full (or we're cleaning the basement) it goes downstairs and gets put away where it belongs. The girls also know that if they can't find something that it very well may be in "the basket".
I actually found this basket at Goodwill for a couple of dollars and added a label made of cardboard covered in chalkboard paint. Gotta love that.
The 2nd spot I needed some help was for the stuff that belonged upstairs. So, I found these baskets at Ikea and hung them on hooks beside our front door. The one labeled "theirs" is for the girls (purposely hung low where they can reach) and the one labeled "ours" is for Ryan and me. Yes, we have "stuff" too.
This works very well because they are right in front of the stairs and can be taken off the hooks very easily and brought upstairs when needed.
The last place that needed a basket was on the top floor. As with the main floor, stuff seems to make its way upstairs that doesn't belong there. (I think if my kids could have it their way, there would be princess dresses, high heels, and baby dolls in every room.) This basket (I think it is supposed to be a laundry basket from Homegoods) is to collect just that. And again, like the other baskets, when it is getting full or I'm just in the mood to put things away, I can take the basket (or liner) down and put everything back where it belongs--all in one trip.
Sure beats walking up and down stairs 300 times a day--I feel like I do that enough as it is.