Entryway Organization Made Easy

Organizing the Entryway to Keep Clutter at Bay
Keeping the entryway organized sets the tone for the living room. It’s the first place you see (for most people) and a dumping ground for everyone who walks through the door:  coats, shoes, backpacks, purses, keys, diaper bags, mail, etc.
It’s normal to have things to drop as soon as you get into the house. The key is to keep it from getting out of control.

Entryway Organization

These hooks are just inside the boy’s room door.

To prevent everything from piling up where you don’t want it, make sure that an organizing area is in everyone’s pathway. Decide which door your family uses most (front, back, from the garage, etc) and work on organizing that area.
Have hooks. If you have a coat closet, and find that all the coats just get piled in and the door never shuts: replace the bar and hangers with hooks. Place hooks low where the kids can easily reach. Give enough hooks for coats, backpacks, hats, snowpants, etc. With plenty of hooks, it insures that the kids will find a free one when they need it.
If you don’t already have a place for keys- get hooks for your keys as well. Place them just inside the closet door or on the wall near the main door. Get a hook & basket combo if you need a place to put wallet, headphones, etc.
Get a shoe shelf or basket for shoes. It’s easiest if you start this when the children are little, as once they’ve been in a habit of just dumping their shoes, it’s really hard to break it, unless they just love organizing. (We can all dream, right?!) Entryway Organization for Shoes
Have everyone repeat their routine out loud until it’s habit. For kids, put it to a simple tune that that helps them remember (singing works for adults too!):
Take off my shoes, put them on the shelf.
Hang my coat a hook, I can do it myself.
Mail. Don’t leave your mail by the front door! Take it right to the garbage and sort immediately. Toss the junk mail into the trash, place bills into an inbox. Select a nice “inboxlike this and implement a system. All bills (needing to be paid) or if there are school papers that need to be signed, have the kids place it in the “inbox.” Once it’s signed, have them place it right in their backpack. And once bills are paid, put them in the mail box and file or trash the invoice portion.

Make it a part of your daily schedule to spend some time doing paperwork so it doesn’t clutter up your home.

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  1. Jill Tracey on January 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I heart this SO much! One personal tweak on the school papers…I look through the school folder, sign necessary papers right away, and return it to the backpack instantly. The schoolwork coming home is viewed, reviewed, and cheered for a job well done, then pitched. The only “kept” items are those that go into a memory bin in our daughter’s closet. Managing the school stuff as soon as we get home really helps me not get too overwhelmed. Am I perfect at it? Um…no. 🙂

  2. Jojo on January 3, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    This is a great post and a great site. I’m getting so many good ideas from you. Thanks!

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