Every week I post about a clutter hot spot in my home. This week I’m looking at the entryway. Actually, I needed to do more than just look at it.
Isn’t it so nice to come home, take of your coat, and kick off your shoes? That’s what we like to do.
It’s just so nice to have your coat and shoes right by the door so that you can just put them on as you walk out the door.
What’s not nice is that there are 5 of us doing this in a rather small space, and with more than one pair of shoes each. They do start to accumulate, don’t they?
I picked the entryway this week because it was just driving me crazy and causing us to waste time as people tried to dig through a pile of shoes and coats before leaving the house. It was driving us all crazy I suppose, so I knew it would bless my family if I could work on fixing it up.
I started out setting the timer for 15 min, just to see how far I could get. I was able to pretty much get everything sorted in 15 min.
These are all of the shoes that were in and around that closet.
Here’s the laundry pile, kitchen, and trash/recycling.
And these were the things heading upstairs.
This is a large pile of give away/sell/return-type stuff. Some of it is leftovers from the yard sale. It’s all still there right now, but maybe we can deal with it this weekend.
The next step was removing items that didn’t belong there or that we don’t need/want at all, and organizing what was left. Gee, seems so simple sometimes. Our current rule is that each person can keep 1 or 2 pairs of shoes in that closet. So, we’re back to that maintenance problem again, because we obviously haven’t been following that rule very well. The kids helped deliver all of the extra shoes and things to their proper places.
And here’s the after picture!
And here’s a peek into the closet.
Much better! I’m thinking I’ll stick with this hot spot for at least a couple more weeks to see how things are going. Plus I have some ideas that might help that coat closet.
Is your entryway a clutter hot spot, too? If you have any tips or ideas to share, I’m all ears!
I’m linking up at OrgJunkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing!