We are starting Day 1 of this free series by organizing the entryway.
If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to read the series overview. As we progress through the series, you’ll find links to each day’s mission there — or you can just come back and visit the blog to see the latest.
So, why are we starting by organizing the entryway? Because it’s the first thing people see when they visit our homes, and usually the easiest to declutter. That means today’s mission should be shorter than others, so you might also want to tackle some laundry today, too.
Organizing the Entryway: Day 1
Tired of Clutter? Let’s Tackle It!
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read the series description. There you’ll find an explanation of how this series differs from my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House. (Short answer: my book focuses primarily on cleaning, while in this series we’re tackling clutter.)
Ready to Rock?
This plan consists of thirty missions to get
Every day’s mission has four parts to it:
Keep It Clean
Today’s Mission: The Front Entry
Removing clutter is the first step in cleaning any spot in your home, including the entryway. So grab the trash bag and get tossing.
Some things to throw away:
• Obvious trash.
• Store flyers.
• Old newspapers.
• Signed delivery receipts.
• Door hanger cards or sales brochures.
• Junk mail.
While you’re at it, get rid of your Welcome Mat if it’s ratty. That’s one of the first things people see when they come to your home, so it’s a good idea to replace yours every time it starts to look worn.
• Toss shoes, coats, and other items into the basket. Put them where they belong.
• Box up any outdated decor you no longer enjoy. We’ll be dealing with rehoming unwanted items at the end of the week. For now, tuck them in the garage or the trunk of your car.
Organize your entryway to make entering and leaving your home less chaotic. At a minimum, you need a place to set things — packages, incoming mail, pizza boxes while you pay the delivery person.
If you’ve got the space, a hall tree works wonders in helping your entry stay tidy no matter how busy you get. Even a small table works, though.
Having a hall tree or table in the entryway also creates a place to put things you need to grab on your way — signed permission slips, books to return to the library, and outgoing mail.
If your kids dump their backpacks in the entryway after school, be sure to install attractive coat hooks low enough for them to reach. (They’ll never use the coat closet or take them to their rooms, no matter how much you nag.) Do they kick off their shoes the instant they walk inside? Position a shoe tray near the door — it’ll catch drips and dirt, too.
In some homes, only guests use the front door. A hall tree or table in the entryway gives them a convenient place to stash purses while they visit. If you have a “no shoe policy” in your home, consider keeping a basket of cozy, washable slipper socks nearby for their use. (Wash them after each use.)
Cleaning your entryway, inside and out, should be a weekly task. This space is where much of the dirt in your home enters, so regular cleaning will go a long way to reducing how dirty the rest of your house gets.
Grab your cleaning supplies and do the following in order:
• Sweep the porch overhang ceiling
• Sweep outside walls
• Sweep porch
• Wash entry mats
• Clean the front door, inside and out
• Clean light fixtures, replacing bulbs if needed
• Wipe the light switches
• Polish glass sidelights
• Polish door handles
• Sweep or vacuum the entryway floor
Keep it Clean
Keeping your home uncluttered and clean is part of the process we’ll be learning as this series progresses. We’ll do that by buzzing through previously tended areas each day but, since this is Day One, there’s obviously nothing to go back and straighten.
So, if you happen to have a washer and dryer in your home, I’d strongly encourage you to catch up on laundry today. Future daily missions aren’t as quick as this one, so you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you get the laundry done now.
If you don’t have laundry facilities in your home, don’t panic. There’s time built into the weekend missions for those who need it.
See you Tomorrow!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of our series on how to get an organized and clean home for the New Year! In the meantime, be sure to follow Housewife How-Tos on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing.