Entryways and mudrooms can be major clutter traps that we always seem to forget about. The entry from the outside world into your home is where a lot of clutter builds up, and where we lose a lot of time searching for items. Both large homes and small apartments always have clutter problems in the entryway because, let’s face it, coming home tired after a long day of work, school or activities makes it easy to drop off your stuff, and it can easily be forgotten or placed in the wrong spot. Here are five time saving hacks to organize your mudroom and entryway. —Jane Stoller
Clear the clutter regularly. In fact, it should be cleared daily! Everything from your mail, to broken items, to trash, to books, to trinkets, all enter through your door and may be left in the entryway area. Stay consistent in your decluttering efforts you will be able to keep this area clear and organized.
Be mindful of floor safety and cleanliness. Get the right mats or materials to protect your floors from dirt and moisture before anyone enters your house. This will save you a big headache when it comes to cleaning, and prevents potential injuries due to slipping and sliding.
Designate zones for individuals. Each person in the household should have their own areas within the entryway and don’t let them exceed this precious real estate with their items. Determine what everyone needs and uses daily, and then create specific spots for those items. If you have kids, let them decorate their areas. Label everything if you can!
Invest in hooks. Many entryways and mudrooms lack closet space and do not have enough hooks for each member of the household. Buy some additional hooks as they are great for backpacks, purses, and jackets. They are ideal for keeping items off of the floor and you will save a lot of time by having your necessities hung up. No more tripping over your kids book bags or time lost searching for your purse.
Make bins your best friend. There should be a variety of bins in your entryway, each designated for specific items. These days, they come in fun colors and designs. Bins are great for hats and gloves, mail, dirty socks and shoes, and more. You can also keep a donation bin by the front door, in which family members can place their unwanted items and can be taken straight out.