If you have stairs in your home, you probably do what I do, namely leave little piles of crap at the bottom of the stairs that needs to go upstairs on your next trip. I hate those little piles. But I hate making trips upstairs for trivial reasons too.

In the house that we're building now we'll have little cubby holes in the walls near the top and bottom of the stairs - call them niches if you must, to hold the crap that needs to travel on the next trip. It won't look attractive, but it will get our stuff off the floor and tucked out of the way, and that's a start. This is more important than it seems because our dog thinks anything left on the floor for more than five seconds is a legitimate chew toy.

My other de-cluttering idea is what I call the Toy Jail. It's a closet beneath the stairs where I plan to toss anything found downstairs that doesn't belong there. In any given day the family drags in many pounds of miscellaneous stuff that is, for one reason or another, too valuable to discard, and too worthless to have its own space in the house. Generally your home has no established storage area for miscellaneous, odd-shaped, crapinalia. In our new home, that sort of thing will find a final resting place in the Toy Jail, along with any toy that should have been put away and wasn't. When the Toy Jail gets full, we'll probably have to move.

I am often amused at the features that big developers leave out of their homes. Our current home is a townhouse designed by one of the biggest names in the industry. When I want to sweep up some crumbs in the kitchen, I have to walk down two flights of stairs to the garage to get the broom. There is literally no place nearer to the kitchen to store it. I have to think the builder knew there was no broom closet in the design of the townhouse, but they also knew you wouldn't notice it was missing until after you moved in. It's diabolical. Our new house will have a broom closet in the kitchen.

All of this gets me to my point: Where's my frickin' checklist?

When you buy, rent, or build a new home, wouldn't it be good to have a checklist of features that a house could possibly have, so you could compare it to what you will actually get? And when you build a home, wouldn't you want to know about all the potential features that are relatively inexpensive if you think of them during the design stage?

Where's my checklist?
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Jun 11, 2009
"You need to brand the check list.
The first builders to start adopting Scott Layouts (TM) will have a competitive advantage."

And you can get royalties!
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Jun 11, 2009
"Hasn't anyone invented the collapsible/telescopic broom yet?"

Well, the comedian Gallagher actually built a broom head on a garden hose with a dustpan on the other end. Flexible to bend in half and sweep into the attached dustpan.

I thought it was pretty nifty, and easy for anyone to do.
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Jun 11, 2009
This is probably the most trivial comment I will ever leave, but:

- If you don't have space for a broom, couldn't you just have a dustpan and brush?*
- Hasn't anyone invented the collapsible/telescopic broom yet?

(* Thats what we call the item in the UK, there is always a chance its called a Flarglebargle in the rest of the world and no one will have a clue what I am talking about).
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Jun 11, 2009
My 2 cents: for Kitchen
1 - A chopping board right next to the kitchen sink slightly inclined toward sink so that chop and spil some water to clean and drain in the sink right away without lifting the board...
2 - A waste basket hidden and can roll out with a tap of foot.
3 - A small board/ corner to write lists or stick notes.
4 - A place for keeping daily use appliances, like a toaster or a mixer, which can be made invisible in seconds...may be something like a shutter or screen to cover the clutter

Jun 11, 2009
Scott, if you're installing a ducted vacuum system make sure you get a floor level suction vent installed in your kitchen. That way you just need to sweep all the crumbs up to the vent, hit a button, and the crumbs get sucked away.
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Jun 11, 2009
One of my ideas is to have the media room and the game room share an adjoining wall on the second floor. The adjoining wall on the first floor will be adjacent to the pantry on the first floor.

In the adjoining wall (which would actually be a column,) will be a dumbwaiter that is accessible from both the game room and the media room. Now, here's the kicker, the dumbwaiter will actually be a refrigerator. with access from both sides.

To restock the fridge, you lower it into the pantry, re-fill it, and raise it back up to the second floor.

This idea is in its formulative stages, so if anybody out there refines it, feel free to share. It would have to be a small fridge, the office type, or something similar, due to weight issues. I really don't want to need a high powered winch to handle this, but if it will hold a couple of sixpacks, then we're gold. No more lugging drinks or dips or snacks up and down the stairs to restock the fun rooms.
Jun 11, 2009
ask a woman to look at things for a sanity check, she'll most likely notice some of the missing things (laundry closets not deep enough for the venting or waterlines, linen closets, weird closet arrangements, arrangement of fixtures and appliances) - women look to things in such a different way than men. This isn't bad or good, but just different, and sometimes it's the different view that would help your 'checklist'.
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Jun 11, 2009
also, if your toy jail gets ful, yo can always count on reverse christmas.
Jun 11, 2009
the problem is, most people don't build their own houses. It would be good to set up a checklist, then see how well the house you're looking to buy follows it.
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