Designate a Place for Items Leaving Your House

Place a big basket by your main entryway and designate it as a place to temporarily put things that don't belong in your house (that need to be taken elsewhere). These are things such as: library books, a borrowed cake pan from your mom, items that need to be returned to the store, a book or magazine you'd like to pass on to a friend, old batteries or ink cartridges that need to be recycled, or even reusable grocery bags that need to be put back in your car so you remember to use them again. Get in the habit of checking the basket every time you leave the house to see if there's anything that can be taken with you.

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