Clutter is a fact of life. Items are bought, used and often forgotten about. This creates the clutter that fills up homes and makes life stressful. My house has it’s fair share of clutter. Getting rid of clutter can seem like a daunting task. This is why I made specific decluttering goals this year. The best way to tackle a house declutter is to break it down into sections. Since the entryway is the first place you see when coming home, it is the perfect place to start. Today we will be tacking decluttering your homes entryway.
The starting point
For the most part, entryways are fairly clutter free. This space contains necessities for the outdoors. Shoes, coats, and hats. Storing these items in an easy to grab location is key to keeping an entryway functional. Over time, clutter can accumulate.
Those receipts from shopping end up on the shelf. Bags are placed where the shoes go.
The first step is to remove everything. Take down all the coats, remove the shoes. Clear that space! Now the real fun starts.
Once the space is clear, take the opportunity to wipe everything. Getting rid of the dust is just as important as removing the clutter. Plus you want the space to be clean when items are put back into it.
Our entryway is quite small. It is also not designed well. This means that even a small amount of clutter can make it less functional.
Purge the items
The best way to get rid of items is to sort them. Create a pile for coats, another for shoes. Break is down into categories.
Go through one pile at a time. Have each family member try on their coats. Look for any wear or damage that will prevent them from being usable in the future. Those items that can be repaired should be placed off to the side. Just make sure you actually fix them in good time. Repeat this process for each category.
Seasonal items should now be placed into storage or rotated in.
How we tackled the clutter
Our entryway had a lot of winter items in bins. We each had a large collapsible container full of mitts, toques, scarfs and other items. Mixed in those, were summer hats and sunglasses. Each family member went through their bin, trying on each item and getting rid of whatever didn’t fit or wasn’t needed anymore.
The biggest hurdle was getting my husband on board. He had so many hats and gloves in his bin. He was very reluctant to get rid of any of them. With time he managed to take his hat collection from over 30 down to a dozen. I still feel like that is too many hats. But I had to choose my battles. So he kept lots of hats, but most importantly go rid of over half of them. He also had a lot of shoes to sort through. We managed to pair these down quite a bit.
The most important step to decluttering is to actually get rid of the items you no longer need. Don’t let these items sit in your house. They will inevitably make it back into your decluttered area. Make sure to take them to the donation center or sell them within a few days. This will ensure they leave your house once and for all.
The final result
Now that those items have been removed, it is time to put everything else back.
For our entryway, I simply put the items we kept back into their original containers. I decided, for the time, to keep all of our winter wear in the entryway. I may consider storing it elsewhere in the future, however, for now I am simply happy to have a less cluttered space.
As you can see, my son hangs his coat on the railing. This makes it easier for him to reach, but ultimately makes the space look messy. I am hoping that in the future he will start properly hanging his coat. We also have a small plastic bin strapped to the railing so he can easily grab hats, mitts and sunglasses. Otherwise, we would need to grab them each time he goes outside.
Enjoy your clutter free space! The next project to tackle will be to properly organize this area.