A Launch PadYou need one! We all need one!
Great, but what is it?A launch pad is a place in your home or office where you place the things that needs to leave your home. A launch pad is a flat surface, and in my case, it is an antique dresser that my Mother gave me (shown in photos). When you set up your launch pad, start referring to as such. Reference your “launch pad” and have your family start calling it by name, too. When you do this, and repeat it over and over and over, it becomes habit, and over time you you will have created an organizational solution that is utilized by you and your family!
What goes on a launch pad?
Permission slips or books that need to be returned to school.
Items that need to be returned to the store for credit or exchange.
A completed grocery list with coupons attached.
Tip: 1st item on grocery list: “Reusable Shopping Bags”
The SOS process: Unload your groceries, put the shopping bags on the launch pad, and then put the bags back into your car so you always have them!
Coupons (Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, etc,).
The SOS process: Place the coupons in an envelope marked Coupons and keep them in your door console so you have them when you need them. Nothing worse than going to Bed, Bath & Beyond or Kohl’s and realizing you left your 20% coupons at home!
Gift cards for places you frequent
The SOS process: Place the cards in an envelope marked Gift Cards and place them in your car or put them in your wallet next to your Frequent Buyer punch card. How many times have you pulled into Starbuck’s and forgotten your gift card at home? Keep it with you!
Books or audios that need to be returned to the library.
Gifts for the party you are attending.
Items you have borrowed that need to be returned.
A sticky note that relates to things you need to do while out running errands (ie., pick up Rx, pick up dogs at the groomers, go to the bank, drop off donations, dry cleaners, return jacket to my sister, etc).