5 Tips to Avoid Clutter in Your Entryway so that your mudroom will stay organized and clean!
If you’ve been around my blog before, you know I like to try to keep the clutter down to a minimum.
It just feels so good knowing a room is clean and only needs a vacuum, steam mop, or a wipe down at the end of the week.
One of the things I have been trying to focus on as I complete each room is finding decor that doubles for organization purposes.
I love beautiful functional decor than can be used to keep a space decluttered without taking up too much space.
As I began decorating our entryway I did a whole lot of searching online for organizational decor items to tie this area together and help keep the clutter down.
And today I thought I’d share with you some of the tips I used to help us create a clutter-free entryway!
1. Make a Plan
The first thing you will want to do is make a plan for what you need that will fit in the space you have available.
We went back and forth between a tall skinny entry table and a bench before moving into our home.
Ultimately we opted for a bench because we thought it may be more functional when we have kids.
Since we chose to order a bench (I have a whole blog post about entryway benches you may like – click here), we knew there wouldn’t be a place to set purses, mail, keys, etc. and therefore we needed to adjust our plans accordingly.
I recommend figuring out what you need and what will work best for your family before picking out your organizational decor.
In order to keep clutter down, you will want to have a place for everything, whether that be the normal items like shoes, coats, mail, and purses, or family/kid-specific things, like sports gear, school bags, etc.
So make a mental plan or draw it out so that you can figure out exactly what you need to fit your family’s needs.
2. Create a Place for Your Shoes
Shoes cluttering up an entryway drive me crazy, so we have a 2 part system.
I keep my everyday shoes in one basket under the bench (Roger keeps his work shoes between the wall and the basket) and the rest of our shoes are in a cabinet in our laundry room.
The second basket will be for kid’s shoes, but currently, I have my purse sitting in it.
Once we do have kids coming and going I will keep my purse on a hook either in the entryway or around the corner on a hook in the laundry room.
3. Add Hooks for Coats & Bags
Coats can easily pile up on a bench, this was a major problem for us last fall/winter before we ordered hooks.
When we drew our house plans we originally had a coat closet, but partway through the building (before the walls were up), we decided to remove the closet and adjust the laundry room so that we could add an entry mudroom space.
My current plan for this fall/winter is to keep our everyday coats on the hooks in our entry and our heavier and less used coats around the corner on hooks in our laundry room.
Ps. If you love round mirrors I have a whole collection of my favorite round mirrors – click here.
4. Use Mail Organizers
Since we opted for a bench instead of an entryway table I decided to use wall mail organizers for our hallway.
I had a whole lot of fun looking for just the right mail organizer, so I decided to put together a collection post full of different mail organizers you will love for your own home.
We bought a set of 3 and I put two up in our entryway (I’m saving the 3rd for another area), one for incoming mail and one for outgoing paperwork.
5. Do a Nightly or Weekly Check
Having a place for everything is the best prevention for clutter building up in your entryway, but that doesn’t mean that clutter won’t sneak up on you.
Busy mornings and rushed afternoons can leave an entryway chaotic.
I recommend doing a regular check to ensure everything is kept organized.
Currently, I only need to check on this area once a week as it’s just Roger and me, but once we officially become foster parents I’m sure I’ll be doing a more frequent (maybe even once a night) checks to ensure this area stays clean and clutter-free!
I hope this decluttering tutorial helps you as you decorate your home!
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With love, Giusti
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word
Psalm 119:114 NIV