Clutter. It has a way of sneaking up on you and before you know it, it has taken over your house!
One of the areas that seems to become over run with clutter the fastest is the one you see every day — your entry way. There are some easy things you can do to help keep this area clean and organized, whether it is your front door or your garage door entrance.
1. Keep Your Keys Handy. We have a hanger for our keys by our back door. Our hanger actually doubles as a mail holder so we can drop in the items we need to take to the mail box each day. This not only keeps your entry way tidy, but it helps you actually find your keys when you are ready to leave. We’ve gotten into the habit of hanging our keys up the minute we walk through the door and no longer have an issue with lost keys.
This is the one we have hanging in our home. I found it on Amazon for less than $10 shipped (as we have Amazon Prime). It was money very well spent!
2. Have a place for your cell phones. Rather than drop them on your way through the door (or leave them in your bag where they will end up going dead), you should have a place you put them. I keep mine right by my computer and my husband sets his on the kitchen counter by his charger. If this doesn’t work for you, just having a dedicated place for your cell phone, where you can charge it overnight and then quickly find it in the morning. This can be a great way to save time, and keep one more item off of your entry way table!
3. Hang up the outerwear. Coats, hats, gloves, shoes….those items tend to clutter up your entry way quickly. If you have places for everything, you can teach your family where those items go. This also doubles as a way to save time as your kids can find those gloves quickly when getting ready for school.
We actually utilize 2 systems. We have a coat rack which is right inside of our door way. We were fortunate enough to have a family member make ours, but you can find these at most retailers in all sorts of finishes. Our second system serves a dual purpose. It not only has storage bins which hold all of the items they need, it is also a bench, which provide them with a place to sit down and put on their shoes before running out the front door.
4. Find a home for your mail. Rather than throw it onto the table when you walk through the door, put your mail in one place. We do this and we never have issues looking for that bill or letter that arrived. When our mail comes in, we touch it one time. Yes. Once. We walk in and we open it right away. We place the outer envelopes into our recycling bin. We shred anything that should be (credit card applications, etc).
All mail is placed into a mail slot in a hanger on our basement door. When it is time to pay the bills, or we are looking for something which came in the mail, we can look there and always find what it is we need. We purchased ours from Thirty-One Gifts. You could use baskets, a plastic file holder, or even a dedicated drawer to help keep your mail all in one place!
5. Find a place for other items. We keep a basket at the bottom of our steps so that we can toss in the items which need to go upstairs. This includes the kids extra shoes, any books, toys, etc. We also have hooks inside of our coat closet where they hang up their backpacks after school. Take a look around your own home and see where you can put any hooks, bins or baskets which can just help you find a place for everything and keep the clutter under control.
Simply take a look around your entry way and think about what causes you stress, and take the steps to make a few changes. When you can find the things you need and don’t see mounds of clutter sitting around, it can make you feel better and get your mornings started off on the right foot!