Simple Systems: Launchpad

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Is getting out the door as crazy at your house as it often is at mine? Here’s a trick I discovered years ago that helps reduce the time it can take to leave the house with all the children and all that you need.

This month’s daily series is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue, and today I’ll share one of my favorite organization spaces.

Setting up simple systems will make life run more smoothly. It might even help things get done and put in their homes. That’s the goal anyway. Join me this month as I share different things that have helped me around the house and in my life.

Simple Home System: Launchpad


Get out the door faster with an organized launchpad!


A launchpad helps you get out the door faster.

A launchpad is a magnified outbox.

It is some sort of container or shelf near where you leave the house that you keep stuff that needs to leave the house: a bag of stuff to take to Goodwill, a bag of books to return to the library, a bag of hand-me-downs to give to a friend, your purse, etc. It’s crazy how much time it can take to gather stuff up to get out the door some days. Setting up a launch pad means your keys, purse, and whatever else you need to take with you has a place where you can gather stuff ahead of time, as you think of it, where it’s easy to grab on your way out the door.

Make This System Useful For You


A launchpad is a great area to set up in your home to reduce stress when you need to leave the house.


A launchpad doesn’t have to be anything fancy, color-coded, or labeled. It is just a convenient spot near where you come and go for you to store the things you need to bring in and take out.

For me, this is the upper shelf in the coat closet by the front door. You might have a shelf in your mudroom or maybe an entryway table or cupboard. Don’t overthink it, just reserve a spot that works for you in your real-life home.

Do you have a launchpad, a place to keep the stuff that needs to go out the door with you?

Simple Systems

Index: “Simple Home Systems
First: “What Is a System?” & “What Is Simple?
Previous: “Portable Command Center
Next: Bags, ready to grab and go


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