We are starting Day 1 of this free home organization series by organizing the entryway.
So, why the entryway? Because it’s the first space 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 catch up on laundry today, too.
Organizing the Entryway
Organizing Makes Cleaning Easier
If you’ve read my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House, you know that I’m a firm believer in breaking down major cleaning tasks into daily, manageable missions.
Although we cleaned our homes top to bottom as we worked through the book, many readers told me they needed even more help dealing with clutter.
So, this home organizing plan consists of thirty daily missions to declutter every room in our homes. Though we’ll be cleaning a bit, too, the main focus of this series is on purging clutter and efficiently organizing your decluttered space.
Every day’s mission has four parts to it:
Keep It Clean
So each day we’re going to ROCK our homes. Ready? Let’s start!
Today’s Mission: Organizing the Front Entry
Gather your materials:
- Bags for trash
- Box for donations
- Laundry basket or another box to carry things
- Microfiber cloths
- Your favorite glass, furniture, and floor cleaners
- Broom or vacuum
Remove Clutter from the Entryway
Removing clutter is the first step in cleaning any spot in your home, including the entryway. So, grab the trash bag and get tossing.
Things to Throw Away
- Obvious trash
- Store flyers
- Old newspapers
- Signed delivery receipts
- Door hanger cards and 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.
Things that Belong Elsewhere
- Toss shoes, coats, and other items into the basket. Put them in the coat closet or away in bedroom closets.
- Box up any outdated decor you no longer enjoy. We’ll be dealing with rehoming unwanted items at the end of the week, so set the box aside.
Organize the 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.
A Place for Visitors’ B
A Place for Your Out-the-Door Stuff
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.
Somewhere to Sit
Having a chair or bench in the entryway is convenient if you have room. When a friend is waiting for your child to get her shoes on to go play, it gives them a place to sit. If you have more than one child, it also provides a spot for those who are ready in the morning to wait on the slowpokes.
A Spot for Spot’s Leash
If your dog gets the zoomies every time you reach for the leash, stashing it in the entryway can get you both out the door faster. To keep Spot from staring at his leash on the hook, tuck it into a decorative box on the entry table.
Do NOT Store These in Your Entryway!
For safety’s sake, there are some things you should not keep in your entryway or within view from the front door.
- Photos of your family. Since not everyone who comes to your door is a friend, displaying photos of your kids or advertising that you’re a single mom can create safety issues. Move those to a less public area of your home.
- Anything bearing family names. For the same reason described above, you shouldn’t make it easy for random people knocking on your door to figure out your last name or the names of any of your kids.
- Your purse or wallet. Leaving your purse or wallet within reach of a door-to-door salesperson is asking for trouble. If your kids like to answer the door, they’ll wind up going in search of you. Meanwhile, the salesperson can easily steal your identity and take off without you having any way to identify them.
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.
- Sweep the porch from top to bottom, including the ceiling and walls
- Wash entry mats
- Clean the front door, inside and out
- Polish light fixtures and replace bulbs if needed
- Wipe the light switches
- Polish glass sidelights and 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, so we’re maintaining what we’ve accomplished.
Since this is Day One, there’s obviously nothing to go back and straighten. Lucky you!
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, and 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, follow Housewife How-Tos on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing.
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