Every Home Needs a Touchdown Spot

Touch·down Spot  /ˈtəCHˌdoun/ /spät/; noun

1. A dedicated place in your home to capture the daily essentials of life. For example, incoming mail, keys, wallets, grocery lists, coupons, family calendar, etc.

A Touchdown Spot should be centrally located, but close to the main entry point. It doesn’t require much space, but should be well organized to suit your household’s particular needs.

For this family that works from home at their dining table, it's also a place to store their work at the end of the day using the Clipboard Method (more on that below). We took over a neglected nook as their Touchdown Spot; eliminating clutter, investing in key organizational items, and styling it to be a more inviting.

We took out the shelves and lined the back wall with an inexpensive paper from Papersource. Next we added a bench for seating and gathered decorative objects from around the home to style the shelves. The organizational items are a from a company called Bigso, which you can find at The Container Store. The clipboards are from Target

In total the project took a few hours and we spent $101

  • Paper $24 for 3
  • Letter Sorter $10
  • Paper Drawers $25
  • Stacking Letter $36 for 3
  • Clipboards $6 for 3

Clipboard Method

I believe wholeheartedly in the Clipboard Method as a simple way to keep track of all the chaos of life. Here’s how it works.

  1. Create Mental Buckets - Think of the 3 big “Mental Buckets” or categories in your life. These are the things that take up space in your head. They should be broad categories (i.e. Work, Home, Family) with subcategories (i.e. Home-Bills, Maintenance, etc.) 
  2. Clipboards - Purchase one clipboard for each Mental Bucket in your life. Try to limit yourself to no more than 3 broad categories.
  3. Cover Sheet - Create a Cover Sheet (Or download my Free Printable Here) for each clipboard. The coversheet should include your big Mental Bucket as the title and also space for several subcategories. These cover sheets will rotate weekly so print a bunch of these to keep handy.
  4. Divide - Divide your stack of corresponding items (bills, coupons, forms, etc.) into each of the clipboards. As you do, write on your coversheet what needs to be done. This way you can focus on one topic at a time and all your corresponding items are easily found beneath the cover sheet.

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