Your entryway is the first space that you encounter when you get home. If it’s cluttered and cramped, it’s sure to make you feel exhausted, overwhelmed or even irritated as soon as you get home. But your space should be your refuge and just like you take time to spruce up your curb appeal, you should spend some time just on the other side of your front door.
The Power of Focus
Life can be overwhelming at times and things sure turn into chaos rapidly if we’re thrown off our routines.
Sometimes though, all you need is 15 minutes to get things back on track.
Use the magical power of concentrated focus to get a tiny area of your home or life decluttered and organized.
Get your Entryway in Top Shape
How do you feel when you get in your home? Do you breathe a sigh of relief? Do you get anxious or even angry at tripping over bags and shoes?
Well no more.
Get your supplies ready:
- Timer / Phone
- Bins, baskets, hooks, …
- Cleaning supplies
Things to Minimize and Organize in your Entryway
- Coats and jackets
- Scarves, hats, mittens/gloves
- Day bag
- Mail and mailbox
- Welcome mat
Here we go!
1. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
2. Pick up what doesn’t belong.
Sometimes we tend to just drop things in the entryway and forget about them for weeks. Oh hello unpacked travel bag!
Quickly sort through things and return items to their proper ‘’home’’
Bring in your car any items that need to be returned: library books, donations, etc. Make sure you get to these things this week.
3. Give your surfaces a good wipe.
4. Gather similar items together: clothes, bags, keys, shoes, mail, etc.
5. Sort your mail.
Make 4 piles:
- Recycle –
Dispose inyour bin or bag – Do It Now!
- Shred (anything that has your address on it and you don’t need to keep) – Do It Now!
- File – Some mail doesn’t require any other action; simply file – Do It Now!
- To Do – Some mail needs further action – Add to your planner, a designated bin or tray and make sure you deal with it that week.
6. Find a home for your keys, wallet and phone.
According to this study, it’s estimated that people spend more than 15 minutes looking for keys, and that can happen daily! So if you’re looking for your keys for only one-third of those days, it means you’re spending about 30 hours of your year looking for your keys! Who’s got time for that?
Remedy to this by having a home for your keys, wallet, phone, etc. It can be a cute catch-all tray, a hook for your keys or, like me, you could keep everything in a tote by the door.
7. Hang your coat.
Many systems can be used if you don’t have a proper closet: hooks, coat rack or a hall tree.
Only keep outerwear that you use daily here if you have limited space; store the rest elsewear.
8. Hang/Clean your mirror, mailbox and welcome mat.
Entryways are often cramped. Adding a mirror, will not only help you look your best when getting out the door, but will brighten and open your space.
While you’re at it, give your mailbox a wipe and your welcome mat a quick shake.
9. Empty those day bags.
No one wants to clean out a lunch bag a few days later (eww gross!). Take the “trash“ out of your bags: receipts, food bits, water bottles, purchases, etc.
There you go, all done! Admire your good work.
Some organizing solutions might need a bit more planning; that’s OK. Add those for the following week in whatever planning system you use.
Investing in a good shoe rack and/or hall tree may help keep things organized. Do some research and get the best solution for your space.
Set up a system for sorting your mail every day – When you do this regularly, it takes less than 2 minutes. Follow the pile system mentioned above, but make it a bit more permanent with trays or bins for the File and To Do piles.
Reduce Outerwear – Most of us only wear a certain amount of jackets. Only keep the ones you wear; donate the rest. Do the same with hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and shoes. Check out Organized in 15 minutes – Winter Gear for a quick guide.
Set up a routine – Now that your entryway is all clean and organized, follow your routine and feel the bliss when you get home.