10 Days to Clutter Free: Polish Up Your Entryway

Megan Van Schaick

entryway clutterEven if you don't have a formal foyer in your house, there is at least a common entryway -- be it the front porch, a mudroom or even the garage. Think about what your entryway looks like. Is it welcoming you home? Or is it so full of shoes, bags, jackets and other detritus that it looks more like a blockade than an entry?

It's a super common problem. We do it as kids and as grownups -- walk in, and immediately dump everything. In my house, it's shoes. The keys manage to make it onto hooks, but shoes are a big problem. I might as well have a second closet there.

That's where organizing queen Jill Pollack Lewis comes in to help us on Day 9 of Project 10 Days to Clutter Free. She's got concrete tips on how to clear out that entrance and make it a welcome home instead of an intruders beware kind of area.

Step 1: Save only the bare essentials

What Should Be There:

  • Coats
  • Umbrellas
  • Outerwear


Step 2: Rethink your foyer's purpose

What Should Not Be There:

  • Groceries
  • Cases of soda or beer
  • Stuff that needs to be returned to a store - put it in the car and then do it


Step 3: Get organized tips

  • Create an area for your keys, like hooks or a tray, so you can grab and go
  • Create a charging station nearby for your phone, camera, iPods, etc.
  • Hang nicer coats on hangers in a closet
  • If there is room, put in a storage bench to keep gloves, hats and scarves
  • Add a row of hooks higher up for hanging hats, and one lower down for kids' coats and backpacks


Image via Silver & Chalk

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