January 11, 2013

Get Organized in 2013 - Challenge #6 Entryways

The Master Bedroom is done and now you have a place to retreat to when the rest of the house is in chaos.  But wouldn't it be nice to walk into your home and have it organized right from the moment you walk in?  Well that is what we are going to work on for the next few days.

Get Organized in 2013 Challenge #6 - Entryways

The entryway sets the mood for the rest of your home.  We want to set up a system that works for you and your family and the way you walk into your home.  So set the timer, there is work to be done!  Here are a couple of links to my Pinterest boards to maybe get your juices flowing for your entryway spaces.  Entryways    Closets     Mudroom

Also check out my original post for my entryway.

1. Have a place for everything.  Where are you going to hang coats, purses, and backpacks?  Do you need hooks? A coat rack?  Is there a closet nearby?  Does that closet actually get used or do you and your family tend to just drop things?  Find a system that will work best for hanging things.

2. Have a key drop.  If you have a place to put your keys as soon as you walk in the door, you are a lot less likely to lose them.  Whether that is a little dish or basket or a hook to hook them on.  In our front entryway (which is the one we use most of the time) I have a little dish in the top drawer of our shoe cabinet.  By the back door we have some hooks right by the door.  Find what works for you!

3. Have a place for mail.  Do you put mail by your front door?  Does it tend to pile up there?  If you do, add a recycling station right there as well.  My mail place is in my kitchen, so I don't need it in my entryway.  But you might!

4. Have a place for winter gear. Baskets, a drawer, whatever works for your family. As you can see, the hall closet is very tiny and barely fits the coats we wear.  Our hats, gloves, scarves, etc. are in labeled baskets in the bottom. I got them at Target.  When the boots aren't wet, we store them in my son's closet.  He has a very large closet and doesn't use three quarters of it, so we keep our boots and hang our snow pants in there.

Hopefully that gives you a few ideas.  You'll have a few days to get things in order.  You definitely want to organize the entryway you use the most often but don't forget the other ones you use too!  Please post photos and questions and ideas on our Facebook page or here in the comments.  I can't wait to see what you get done.  Monday we'll move on to a mail station.

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