“A hot spot is an area, when left unattended will gradually take over. My favorite analogy is of a hot spot in a forest fire, if left alone it will eventually get out of hand and burn up the whole forest. This is what happens in our homes. If left unattended, the hot spot will grow and take over the whole room as well as making the house look awful.”—The FlyLady
The buffet in my house is a classic hot spot. Even though our items have a designated home, things inevitably end up on it. It drives me crazy. Today I plunged full speed ahead into what FlyLady calls a Hot Spot Fire Drill.
Here is the procedure modified with additional Klutter Koach steps.
Step 1: Remove all items from the hot spot.
Step 2: Dust and clean the surface. (There is a surface?? Yes, there is.)
Step 3: Rid yourself of unwanted items. Give away, throw out, or recycle.
Step 4: Return the items that belong to the space.
Step 5: Take a photo to remind yourself what this clean, uncluttered space should look like.
Where is your hot spot? I’m sure you know where it is. It’s that eyesore that you wish would just disappear. Ready to tackle it? You’ll feel great afterward. I know I did. Can you hear my, “Ahhhh…that looks lovely!” by witness of the before and after photos.
Now, set a timer for 15 minutes. 1, 2, 3 go!
Thanks for reading.
Karen Furman aka The Klutter Koach
January 9, 2017