Try these six tips for making your home more inviting by organizing your entryway.
1. Place an end table with a drawer by the front door. Create an “out-of-pockets drawer” that becomes a great place for extra change, keys, and a wallet.
On top, set up a charging center for phones and iPods and a place for your purse so that you are never searching for these items when you are ready to leave.
2. Mail is an unsightly clutter that can quickly take over your entryway. Tackle mail in the front entry by placing a small recycling bin on a shelf or in a cabinet. When you come in the door, junk mail immediately gets recycled, and only the important stuff makes its way into your home.
3. Motivate kids to be organized by assigning everyone a specific color. Each family member has a hook and bin in their color keeping backpacks, coats, mitts and hats off the floor and into their designated spots.
4. Attach a correspondence organizer by the front door for outgoing mail, bills to be paid, paperwork to be returned to school, or a printed calendar of events for the family to be stored. Having this by the door allows for quick access and a reminder of things to take when you leave the house.
5. Store your out-of-season jackets and shoes away from the entryway to keep it clear of unnecessary clutter.
6. Place a bench in your entryway to provide children a place to easily put on shoes and boots. Place a bin below the bench for storage of commonly worn shoes to keep them from spreading into piles throughout the house.