When trying to figure out the way to organize our series, I decided to set them up as if you were walking into your home for the first time. What is the first thing that anyone who visits your home will see? Yep! Your entryway.
I don’t know about your family, but my kids tend to walk through the front door and there they drop the shoes, coats, backpacks…and whatever other treasures they have in their hand when they get home. It amazes me at how quickly this area can get dirty and unorganized.
Believe it or not, you can get an organized entryway. As I do when organizing any space in my home, I ask myself some questions:
- Is it needed?
- Does it belong here?
- Should it be somewhere else?
These three questions will help you as you work towards an organized entryway. I realize that may seem overly simple, but it just makes sense.
For example, if the kids’ backpacks are always laying on the floor, find a home for them. They need them every day, so a bedroom is probably not the best place. It would be simpler to keep them near the entryway, so that they are ready to go to school the next day.
We found a simple solution to this in our home. We hung 3M hooks on the inside of our hallway door. That way, the backpacks don’t just sit on the floor and are up and out of site. However, they can still be found quickly in the morning when it is time to go to school.
We also use a bench to store our outerwear items and it also serves as a place where our kids can put on their shoes when getting ready to leave in the morning. We will even set backpacks and coats on it in the morning so that it is all ready to grab to run out of the door.
Look around your entry way. Perhaps you could add a rack or some hooks on your wall so that the backpacks can be hung up and no longer live on the floor. This is just one way you will look at things as you organize the space.
When it comes to keys, it seems they get misplaced easily. To avoid this, 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 our entry way tidy, but it helps us find our keys when it is time 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!
Rather than throw your mail onto a table when you get home, find a home for it. 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).
This wall storage system was purchased through a friend who sells Thirty-One Gifts (in case you would like to find something similar for your home).
I don’t know about you, but I am a big checklist person. I am not talking online list, but the good old paper and pencil type of list. There is something rewarding about putting a check next to the item as I mark it as DONE on my list! For that reason, I created this easy printable checklist that you can use when organizing your space!
(Click image to download the form)
Here is the checklist, in case you don’t want to print it out:
- Remove items that don’t belong
- Put away all items which already have a home
- Find a new home for the remaining items:
Coats (hats, scarves, etc).
If you want to make it more fun for yourself, you can always take a before and after photo. I’d LOVE to see it! So you can share by tagging me @pennypinchinmom on Instagram or Twitter so I can see!!