Add A ‘Vide Poche’ Next To Your Door To Avoid Clutter

Add A ‘Vide Poche’ Next To Your Door To Avoid Clutter

A “vide poche” (French for “empty pockets”) is something many of you may already have in your homes — it’s essentially an empty bowl or container near the door that you empty your pockets in when you get into the house, or a place you stash your keys, spare change, earbuds and all of your other odds and ends in one place so you can find them quickly on the way back out.

Make no mistake; we’re essentially talking about putting an empty bowl next to your door to collect your junk on the way in the house. It doesn’t sound like much of a hack, but if you’re not doing something similar now, think about all of the places around your house you would otherwise have to visit to collect the items you need before you walk out the door. By collecting that stuff in one place, you only have one place to go to get it, and it’s a location you pass on your way out. Less clutter around your house, and no stress over misplaced keys, phones, headphones or other items you forgot in the kitchen.

Do you keep a vide poche — or any simple container — next to the door to hold everything when you walk in or out? How do you keep the things you need when you leave the house from collecting on your desk or nightstand? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • I most definitely have one of these, although i’ve never called it a Vide Poche. Its home to a plethora of coins, my earbuds, house keys, wallet, and watch.

  • I don’t leave stuff by the door. Too easy for someone to steal.
    After walking in the front door I have to walk through what is essentially the dining room. There is an old CRT TV in that room and all my stuff is on the top of that.

    • I have installed this new device on my door to prevent theft – it is a mechanical gadget that stops the door from opening unless somebody has a pre-cut ‘key’ to open the ‘lock’.

  • After being burgled last year the two places I will never keep keys and money are next to the front door or on the kitchen bench. The policeman who attended after the burglary said that many domestic burglers are only after what they can quickly snatch and they usually only check the places most people keep handbags/wallets/phones/keys – which are next to the front door and on the kitchen bench. All my stuff now lives in my bedroom on a small table just inside the walk-in wardrobe. Somewhat less convenient for me but much easier than replacing keycards, phones, identification and car keys.

  • Got a small display cabinet next to the door with glass doors. Have the bottom glass panels covered so they can’t be seen through and the stuff lives in there. Also, I use the glass to scribble a To-Do list on, with a list of things I need to do on my way out (post letters for example).
    Finally, being a cabinet you can (I haven’t yet) easily hide a power cord inside to charge your gadgets before you go.

  • Junk bowl. That’s what it can end up being. You might need 2. One to drop your keys, wallet, phone etc. but suggest thats near a power outlet – pantry is a good place for it because burglars don’t often go to the pantry and some pantries have power outlets. Bathroom is another point. Laundry too because frankly, who is going to steal your mop. The 2nd junk bowl is for that rubber band from the mail, the free stress ball from the conference, your kids lost Lego piece and so on.

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