No, I don’t mean that kind of hot spot.
I’ve been following Flylady for about six weeks. (Flylady is basically a system of getting and keeping your house decluttered and clean.) I don’t follow it to a T, but I follow a lot of the basic elements, and it has really helped. Tim and the kids are following it too, though they don’t necessarily realize it. The house isn’t spotless, but it is much neater than usual – and it’s much easier to get the house into shape.
One of Flylady’s terms is “hot spot.” This refers to a place that you can. not. keep. decluttered. Though much of our house tends to collect clutter, there is one spot in particular that starts to fill up the second I get it cleared up: the “peninsula” counter in our kitchen. Our kitchen has always been the heart of the house – I spent a lot of time there for obvious reasons, it’s a major thoroughfare because of the layout (it has an entry on both ends), and it’s close to garage, which is where we always come in/leave. This part of the counter always has some combination of “important” school papers, bills, toys, books, etc. on it, waiting to be put away, sorted, tossed, etc. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, there is always stuff here.
As soon as I read the term “hot spot” in a Flylady email, I knew exactly what it meant – and what it meant in my house.
What is your (clutter) hot spot?
(Maybe I’ll get brave and take a picture tomorrow.)