Timed Entryway Decluttering Exercise

Entryways are notorious catch-alls for all kinds of things. From purses and backpacks to shoes, boots, and coats, the entryway accommodates a wide array of items you normally take with you when you leave the house. 

These days, however, the entryway may also house a few new items, thanks to the pandemic. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and face masks may also make up some of the clutter in this most often used part of the home. 

Declutter The Entryway Fast

Whatever your entryway is – a mudroom, a foyer, a countertop, or a wall area – it should be a functional space that sees you off in the morning and welcomes you back at the end of the day. It shouldn’t be a chaotic mess that makes you want to turn and run when you walk in. To whip this space into shape, set a timer for 20 minutes, grab a laundry basket or box, and get to work.

Note: If you think 20 minutes is too long, set your timer for whatever feels right for the size of your entryway. 

As the timer begins counting down, start removing garbage and unnecessary items from tabletops, shelves, drawers, cubbies, etc. Place these items in your basket for later. 

Things To Be On The Lookout For

As you’re deciding what goes and what stays, be on the lookout for the following items and either put them where they belong in the entryway or place them in your basket for later. 

  1. Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc. 
  2. Jackets, coats, hoodies, etc. 
  3. Shoes, boots, slippers
  4. Hats, scarves, gloves
  5. Bicycle helmets and bike locks
  6. Sports equipment
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Old mail
  9. Leashes and harnesses
  10. Cords and phone chargers

When the timer goes off, stop decluttering, and empty your basket. Throw garbage away and put the other items you placed in the basket where they belong. If you do this exercise once a week or so, your entryway will stay neat and you’ll enjoy the space much more.