• Lahni Carney

Day 1: Entryway

Updated: May 13, 2020

Welcome to Day 1 of our Organize Your Entire Home in 20 Days series!

During these 20 days, we are going to dive deep into spaces around your house so no room in your home is left unorganized. This will be an amazing experience for you, leaving you feeling so much better at the end of the process.

This series is going to be an exciting adventure for your home, your family, and yourself, so... let’s get started!

Our 20 day organizing extravaganza begins with the entryway of your house.

At first glance, the entryway may seem like an insignificant area to spend time organizing because it’s such a small space, however, the function of the entryway is so important to your family daily routine and the guests who come into your home.

Like we said before, the entryway is your first impression to your house, so you want to make it count!

Pull everything (yes everything!) out of the space.

Open any drawers or cabinets and pull out keys, phone chargers, decorations, lint rollers, candles, or anything else that hides in the entryway.

Take all the coats, shoes, sports equipment and other clutter that often finds it's home here and put them in piles for the specific family members they belong to! (You can use your kids to help you with this step. They can take all of their belongings to their rooms where we will be heading in a few days!)

By pulling out all of the items that occupy the space, you will be able to see what items truly belong there and what items are just adding to the clutter.

Next you'll want to categorize these items (we usually categorize AS we pull things out of the space to keep things efficient). Jackets with jackets, keys with keys, umbrellas with umbrellas, decorations with decorations and so forth.

Grouping together like items will help you decide which items you want to keep and what items you're ready to let go of.

Now let’s get back to all of that stuff. There are only 3 options to all of these items: keep, donate, or trash.

Items that are trash are things that don’t serve your family any further purpose and wouldn’t serve anyone else purpose either. This could be old receipts from food delivery, junk mail, or bags of trash that you haven’t taken to your dumpster yet. By getting rid of the obvious trash first, you are quickly and effortlessly getting rid of some of the clutter.

As you dig deeper through the stuff you'll find more items you can throw away. These are going to be things like expired batteries, a broken toy, a stack of old newspapers or a ripped coat.

Items that you want to keep should be things that serve your family a purpose and you definitely will be using in the future. These are things like keys, umbrellas and current decorations.

Items that need to be donated are things that are still in good condition but no longer serve a purpose for your family. These are out of date items, items that you have an excess of and items that no longer fit anyone in your family.

If you are having difficulty deciding on what items should be kept or donated, ask yourself questions such as, when was the last time someone in my family used/wore this item? Does this item still serve its original purpose for me? How many of this one item do I have and is more than one really necessary? Would someone else better benefit from having this item than I would?

By asking yourself these questions about items you aren’t sure of, you are opening your mind and being honest with yourself about the needs of your family. Any items that you keep but you don’t need will continue to add to the clutter around your house for no reason.

By giving away these items, you are not only clearing the mess from your house, you are also allowing someone else to use these items that may need them more than you.

Once everything is grouped together, put a pause on the items and focus back on the space. It's important that you have baskets and containers that fit the space and work well with your different categories.

Before you put things back, now is a great time to clean this area since there are nothing occupying it. Dust high to reach spaces, wipe down (and inside) all the drawers and cabinets, wipe all the other flat surfaces and then sweep or vacuum the floor. Don’t forget about your