Your home’s entryway is the gateway into your home. It’s the first thing people see when they enter your home, and it often becomes a “catch-all” for everything from shoes to backpacks and more.
To help create an entryway that’s welcoming and enjoyable to come home to, here are several organizational tips that are sure to improve the overall ambiance of the space.
Have a Spot for Mail
Paper clutter is not only unsightly, it takes up a lot of room most entryways can’t afford. Rather than have to look at and deal with that kind of chaos at the end of a long workday, make a spot for mail that organizes it in a way that’s easy to address when you’re ready.
Whether it’s a recycling bin for junk mail or a drawer for bills that need to be paid, keep paper clutter to a minimum to make the entryway more inviting.
Designate a Home for Keys, Purse, Wallet, etc.
How many times have you been ready to leave the house only to find you can’t locate your keys/wallet/purse, etc.? If these things had a specific home, they’d always be accessible when you needed them.
Designate a home in the entryway for items you always leave the house with, so you know exactly where they are when it’s time to head out the door.
Have a Plan for Shoes
Tripping over a pile of shoes or having to dig through a tangled mess of shoes to find a matching pair can make even the calmest person a little crazy.
If you don’t allow shoes in the house, have a place right by the door to place shoes when they aren’t being worn. An organized display of shoes is much more pleasant to look at when it’s the first thing that greets your eyes when you open the door.
Set Rules for What’s Allowed in the Entryway
Whether your entryway is an entire mudroom or just a few hooks on a wall, setting rules for what’s allowed there (and what’s not) will help you make a smooth transition in and out of the house.
For example, will shoes remain in the entryway? What about your purse? Will you hang it on a hook or take it to the bedroom instead? Having a clear plan for what’s allowed and what’s not will help keep your entryway neat.
Make it a Point to Keep it Clean
The entryway is a hardworking area that requires maintenance to keep from becoming a storage space. Make it a point to declutter and clean it out regularly so it continues to provide that smooth transition you look forward to every time you come and go from your home.
Personalize the Space
It’s important to make the entryway yours. Personalize it with things that inspire you as you leave for the day and welcome you when you return.
Your home’s entryway is the gateway to your home, and it should be a place that welcomes you back in. Entryways tend to become storage spaces, but with the organization tips above, you can create an entryway you can’t wait to come home to at the end of every day.