Enter at Your Own Risk? (Part 1 of 3)

The entryway: the beginning and the end of your home. It is a space that is greatly prone to disaster and disorganization because of the perceived – and instant – “drop-off zone.” Big or small, narrow or wide, the organizational functions of this area are often misused. It is convenient to free yourself of paraphernalia here – it is very easy to just throw and go – but there is a better way to go about it, and it is one that will leave you happier in the long run!

Messiness strains our minds and puts us in lousy moods. Should the first and last thing you see when you leave or enter your house be a chaotic composition of your things? By keeping a well-organized entryway, you are setting yourself up for a better mood as well as efficiency when leaving or entering your home. Below are some basic tips on how to create and maintain a tidy entryway.

1. The first step to entryway organization is the same as many other organizational tasks: Remove everything from the space! Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard. Also, this is a great time to clean!

2. Since most entryways are small, determine whether or not certain items would be better stored in another room. For example, do you really need your summer sandals sitting on the shoe rack during winter? Must you have that stack of magazines lying around? Reconsider everything and keep only what is meant for the purpose of this space: things that come in and out of the house on a regular basis.

3. Designate a key spot. Always put your keys in the same place so you know where they will be when you are in rush. No more hunting! Suggestion: put them on a hook or place them in a decorative bowl/tray.

Entryway organization will be continued in part two!



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