The solution to managing someone else’s clutter.
When I first moved in with my husband six years ago, I didn’t realize how attached I was to the simplicity and organization of my living space. One of our first explosive arguments was over him not closing the kitchen cabinets, and he still has to go on a search for his keys and wallet on a daily basis. I found myself thinking “how can anyone live this way?!” Well, it became clear very early on that trying to convince him that he was making his life harder was not the answer. I’m sure, if you’ve ever lived with anyone who has a tendency to leave all of their belongings around the house, that you’ve tried to have this same rational discussion. Though we agreed that it was a simple difference in personality, and no fault on either of our parts, I still set out to find a solution.
I introduce to you: the “stuff basket.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking- everyone has a junk drawer, Grace. This is nothing new. Let me explain.
The concept is similar to junk drawer in the sense that it’s a catch-all for everything. However, it is much bigger because it literally hold everything. Keys. Briefcase. Clothes. Everything. If there is something that is out of place in the house (minus dishes), it makes it’s way to the stuff basket. Again, simple.
I do want to make a clear distinction that this is not a junk basket- it is a stuff basket. I am not calling Chris’s stuff junk, but I am giving his stuff a home. There is no disrespect involved, and I think this is a discussion you need to have with the person you share your home with before implementing this solution. I personally get stressed out when his stuff is all over the house, so this is a solution that helps both of us. One, I am no longer stressed by his clutter. Yay! Two, he always knows where to find his stuff when he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t have to ask where XYZ thing is because it’s always in his stuff basket! Win, win.
The size and organization of your stuff basket is up to you. I keep a moderate sized basket in our bedroom that slightly folds over the top so that you can’t see the clutter when you look it.
Here are some other baskets that I love:
What do you do to keep your house clutter-free when living with someone who leaves everything humanly possibly out of its designated spot? Lol. Leave us a comment below!