It’s appropriate to begin in the entry, the first room that welcomes you home and last room you see before heading out the door.
What is the first thing you see? What is the first thing… you want to see?
Today we’ll be strategic with all of the items that somehow find their home in the entry… and do a little cleaning as well.
By the time you’re done, you’ll have to treat yourself with a cup of coffee just for an excuse to leave and then return — through your newly organized and cleaned Front Entry Foyer!
At the bottom of this post are some inspirational ideas you won’t want to miss!
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Day 3: Front Entry Foyer
The Front Door Entry is one of the most revealing parts of your home. You want it to be welcoming, but it can also be a grand central station! A perfect drop zone. An area that can attract all kinds of bulky clutter. We can fix that.
Depending on how many entries you have, this can be the catchall place for keys, shoes, mail, backpacks, handbags… coats, and so on.
It’s time to clear the clutter and make your entry function for you.
The primary focus today is to give everything that needs to be in your entry a home. A place that makes sense. If keys are kept here, a cute dish or hook or wire container might be appropriate. What about shoes, handbags, and umbrellas? Or is there another spot that these items could be relocated to — and that people will use.
In our home, the Control Center is centrally located in a small desk nestled in our kitchen. As it is the hub of our home, it’s a natural location for keys, etc. As for shoes, jackets, umbrellas — we’ve set up a small bench inside the garage with storage underneath for shoes, pegs overhead for jackets, and hats. Backpacks go to designated study areas.
Could that be a solution for you?
Today is a day to be creative and strategic! I’d love to hear how you solved some of your entry dilemmas!
At the bottom of this post are some great inspirations!
• Assess what needs to be kept near the front door, organize it, and contain it in attractive containers that fit with the decor of your home. Everything else that isn’t essential or that makes a statement for your home should be removed.
• If you have a chair that tends to invite clutter — consider moving and repurposing it.
• After everything that can be moved is cleared — it’s the perfect time to clean!
• Vacuum every corner, including area rugs, and dust the floorboards. You’ll be so happy you did!
• Using an extended duster, run it up the corners of the room.
• Dust any pieces of furniture, most especially entry consoles. Which, if they have drawers, make excellent places for things like keys, etc.
• If you have any windows, use a bit of glass cleaner.
• Finally, don’t neglect the front door! Thoroughly dust and/or wash it.
• Put some thought into where you’re going to place relocated items. You don’t want to handle them more than once. Make a plan today for where their new home will be.
Moving into the kitchen. We’ll clean, declutter… and eliminate!
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