How to Tame the Entryway

Posted on February 13, 2014. Filed under: Clearing Clutter | Tags: , , , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

The entryway of your home says a lot of about you.  It is the first glimpse you are giving of your home, and into your life.

A cluttered entryway is not just disconcerting; it might be a hazard where someone can trip or fall.

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Whether your entryway is an open space, an alcove, or a closet, here are a few ideas for keeping it clean and organized.

  1. Don’t pack it full of stuff.

    Sure, it is convenient to have your coats, boots, hats, and scarves in one place, but unless you live alone, you will never be able to find the items you need on the way out the door. Put anything you don’t use every day in the appropriate place.  As the seasons change, swap out your items putting away the ones you won’t need for the next few months.

  2. Keep items off the floor.

    Lifting items even a few inches off the floor makes he space seem bigger and cleaner. Consider using shoe racks where you can organize your most used shoes.  Place items like umbrellas and sports gear in buckets or baskets, which can easily be pulled in and out of the entryway space as needed. Storage benches are a great way to create a comfortable seating place while hiding some of the doorway clutter.

  3. Hang them up.

    Use hooks and racks to organize coats, hats, handbags, book bags and other items towards the top of the space.  Leave a couple of empty hooks for guests as well, so they won’t have to throw their jacket over a chair.

  4. Keep everyone’s stuff separate, especially if you have kids.

    If necessary, use labels or color so that each child knows where to place her or her “stuff.” Train them to put their items away every time they walk in the door, and your clutter problem will be eliminated.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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