Organize Front Entrance and Closet
The front closet and entrance is considered one of the most important parts of the home as it sets the mood for the remaining rooms in your home. If you tense up the minute you walk in the door because you’re tripping over the leash and can’t find a place to hang your coat or put away your shoes, your entire mood will be affected. By the same token, you want guests and family to feel welcome and invited when they step over your threshold, so paying attention to this often forgotten area is important when undertaking your March Makeover project.
There are dozens of ways you can organize your entryway storage area, but the guiding principle should always be this: keep your front entrance and closet free of clutter and free-flowing. You want to smoothly usher people into your home by setting the stage in this space. Here are some practical tips for making your front entrance and closet a flowing, welcoming area in your home:
- Designate a basket, box, or drawer for mail.
- Hang hooks or set out cups for each set of keys in the home.
- Hang a stylish chalkboard or white board so that you can leave each other notes.
- If there are many people in your family, set up a coat and shoe area with one or two hooks and a shoe rack each. Include a shelf or hooks for school bags and a basket for hats, mittens, or an umbrella.
- Make space in the front closet for sporting equipment and musical instruments so that it doesn’t block the front entrance.
- Make sure there’s a door or curtain on your front closet so that you can close it up to avoid the distraction of stuff.
- Use the entire height of your front closet by installing several levels of shelves to take full advantage of storage space.
- Pack off-season outdoor gear in bins and store them out-of-the-way in the closet or elsewhere in your home.
- Set up two bins at the front door: one for things going outside, and one for things coming inside.
Here’s our top tip for making the front entrance and closet area the most organized space in your home: buy a piece of furniture with 6-10 small drawers. A tallboy dresser is ideal, but choosing something that will fit in the confines of your front entrance area is important. Then designate one drawer for each member of the family where they can place all of the small items that would otherwise clutter the front entrance and get lost, including keys, sunglasses, wallet/purse, eyeglasses cleaner, coupons, mugs, and lip gloss. Remaining drawers can be used for other items, such as reusable bags, clean mugs, returning books to the library, pens and paper for notes, the dog’s leash and doo-doo bags, phone books, bag ties, rubber bands, matches, and other miscellaneous items that do not have a home.
Remember that keeping the front entrance clutter free and organized will keep you in a positive frame of mind every time you come home.
©2012 Teresa’s Family Cleaning
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