When you walk into your home do you immediately see clutter in the entryway? This is not a great way to come into your, or anyone else's, home - imagine how much better you will feel with a clean entryway, reduced clutter, and the ability to make it happen!
There are several sources of clutter in the entryway, but most likely it comes from one of three places:
- Mail or paperwork
These all have quick fixes, but one of them might take a little time as you develop a new habit to deal with the clutter. Let's start with the easiest one first!
I have talked previously about dealing with shoe clutter - I won't spend much time talking about this (you can read more in depth on dealing with getting rid of shoe clutter here, and here). The main idea is to go through your shoes and identify if any need to be tossed or donated. Do you have duplicates or shoes that you haven't worn in a year? Those need to go ASAP! If you have many shoes, try to donate some - you will be helping yourself by lessening the amount of clutter in your home and by making those extra shoes available to someone less fortunate.
After you have gotten rid of what pairs of shoes you can part with, set aside one space that will be for shoes only. If you have a piece of extra carpet, or even a piece of cardboard, start using that right away to set your shoes on. The idea is to get into the habit of putting them in one place instead of letting them cover the floor. If you have the time or money available, buy a shoe rack, or make one, and use it to organize your shoes and make your entryway a bit less cluttered and much more open.
Mail And Other Paperwork
Mail and other paperwork can be quickly dealt with. If you have paperwork lying all over your entryway there is good news! Grab a box, a Tupperware or Rubbermaid container, or any sort of basket that can hold your items in one place. Put a label on it and start using it right away!
Get in the habit of coming home and putting the mail directly into the basket (for more information on dealing with mail, read my mail clutter article here). Do not tell yourself that you will go through it later that night, or that if you can shrug off your coat or put down your bags you will then get to the mail - put the mail where it belongs. Then you can get to it when you have time and not have to worry about it being scattered around the house. Easy solution!
Clothes In The Entryway
The last item, clothing clutter in the entryway, can be more difficult. The good news is that the solution is simple. Well, it is simple to say, but takes a little time to do on a regular basis. I can't count the number of times that I used to come home, tired, ready for some food and relaxation, and my jacket, shoes, hat, and gloves, would become strewn across the entryway and house as I made myself comfortable. It feels good for that first minute or two, but then you just have to deal with it later! It takes less than a minute to hang your jacket, put your shoes on the shoe rack, and toss your hat and gloves into a box or into a rack in the closet. After you are done, you know where they will be when you need them next, and your home is less cluttered and more organized looking. It's a little time up front that pays off big time in the end.
Start working on these habits today - I guarantee you will be happy with the results, I know I have been!