These are also known as Hot Spots, and all messies have them. If you are new to messie recovery, you might think your whole house is a hot spot, but you can break the mess down and take it one Trouble Spot at a time.
A Trouble Spot is a place where things just seem to accumulate… sometimes it seems like stuff accumulates even faster in Trouble Spots than in other spots. Trouble Spots in my home include the kitchen sink, the dining room table, the low wall between the dining room and the living room, the hallway (laundry!), and one of the couch tables. Since I backslid after getting a job, right now I’m only working on two Trouble Spots: the kitchen sink and the dining room table.
In the first stage of messie recovery, don’t worry about Trouble Spots until you are getting your 5/5 list done every day. Once you have conquered your 5/5, then you can start evaluating your Trouble Spots.
Start with one Trouble Spot. I suggest the kitchen sink. Make sure you clean it at least once a day. Work your way up to checking and cleaning it three times a day before adding your second Trouble Spot. I suggest the dining room table.
If you backslide, never worry, because the Trouble Spot will wait for you. Just get back to cleaning it at least once a day. Never push too far out of your comfort zone… your comfort zone will expand if you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. A Cleanie can clean a swamped home in a matter of a day or two. We can’t. We have to accept that and work within our limitations.