Because some people have a formal foyer and others enter through their garage, where and how we come into the house and what our entryways can or should include varies. Whether you have an entry closet or you live in an apartment with a front door that opens straight into the living room, you need keys, you come in with things,and leave with others. An entryway should help make that easier for you.
The first step to an organized entryway is figuring out what you do and don’t need. The following checklist will help you to create your needs/wish list:
- Seasonal items (scarves, gloves, sun hats, umbrellas)
- Incoming mail
- Paper recycling and shred center
- Outgoing (mail, library books, loans from friends, store returns, gifts, donations, school items)
- Chair or bench (to sit on or set groceries on as you get in the door)
- Area for each family member’s items
- Mailing or Bill Pay Items (pen, postage, envelopes, checkbook, post its for message board)
- Seasonal bag (for parks, the pool, preloaded with the essentials and ready to go on outings)
- Exercise gear (yoga , mat, tennis racquet, basketball)
- Electronics (phones, iPads, charging station)
- Pet items (leash, collar, bags for poop
- Message board
Once you’ve figured out what you want to fit in, it’s time to get the clutter out. You can watch my segment on Fox 7 on Getting Clutter Free in 2013 for help.
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