Is your entryway a catchall for clutter? Even though entryways are supposed to be a greeting room for visitors, these tiny rooms often serve as a dumping ground for family clutter. At our house, the kids use the entryway for dumping off backpacks, shoes, and sports equipment while Dad uses the area as a catchall for keys and tools. I’m guilty of adding clutter of my own, since the entryway serves as my “staging area” for thrift store donations headed out the door.
Keeping your entryway clean and uncluttered is not hard, as long as you are realistic about how the area is being used. These simple tips will help your organize the clutter and keep your entryway clean for guests.
1. It starts with decluttering. Cleaning out the entryway means getting rid of anything that prevents the entryway from being used as an entryway. These include things like sports gear, seasonal clothes storage, holiday decorations, and other items that could easily be stored elsewhere in the house. Once all these unnecessary items are in their proper location, you can then take a critical eye to how the space will work for both your guests and the family.
2. Limit what goes into the entryway. Whether your entryway is large or small, the entryway closet should be used only for storing coats, umbrellas, and boots. If there’s extra space, then it’s OK to add the items that are needed on a daily basis such as backpacks, purses and briefcases. If there isn’t a closet, hooks on the wall behind the front store will help keep things off the floor. Keeping the floor free of clutter will make the room look much more spacious and the space easier to navigate.
3. Add functional entryway furniture. Entryway furniture can help keep your entryway organized. Coat trees, benches (with below seating storage), umbrella stands, and small tables are a few examples of entryway furniture that serves a function while looking pretty as well. If your entryway is too small for furniture, you may have to limit the furnishings to a coat tree or a small table.
4. Use baskets for keys, mail, and other small items. Our entryway is a convenient location for car keys, cell phones, coins, and mail. To keep these small items clean and organized, we use a small basket which sits on our entryway table. Tabletop trinket boxes, large urns, and decorative trays are a few examples of other containers that will work for storing keys and other small items in the entryway.
As you can see, keeping an entryway clean and free of clutter is just not that hard to do. All it really takes is clearing out what doesn’t belong and properly storing what’s left to turn the entryway into a more inviting room for welcoming guests.