When it comes to decluttering ideas, there aren’t many places that need them more than your entryway. If your home lacks a proper mud room or large coat closet, you might need to use your entryway to hold the stuff that usually goes there. However, this requires that you declutter and organize it often. To help you out, here are some relatively painless ways to keep it neat.
1. Don’t Let Stuff Collect
One of the keys to a neat entry is to keep that doesn’t really belong there from cluttering it up. This might be junk mail, newspaper, extra pairs of shoes, and excess clothing that gets haphazardly dropped there. Just like decluttering the rest of your home, it’s important to visit it regularly and collect everything that doesn’t belong to put it away properly. Try to do this a few times per week, if not every day!
2. Use Wall Space
A little bit of shelving in your entry will go a long way to keeping it neat. The type of shelving you use will depend on the needs of your family. Maybe it needs to hold hats, mail, shoes, or purses. Maybe it needs to be useful for a number of different things. But the great thing about shelving is its versatility. Use it for anything — just make sure you have it.
3. Use the Door
The back of your front door won’t be staring guests in the face when they enter your home, but it can be used to hang coats or other items. A simple set of hooks or hanging organizer can hold coats, dog leashes, mittens, and more.
4. Dual Purpose Storage
Open storage, closed storage, seating…all of it can be combined in a couple of low-profile pieces. Sit down to take off your shoes, tuck in bins or baskets, and make the space practical while keeping it neat.