The Clutter Cleanse (Part Three)
The entry is not a gathering place; it is important because this is the first impression of your home. Your entry should facilitate the flow of people and storage of items. Make a list of everything that you want to store as you enter your home and then we can decide what you need for storage. This space, in particular, should be clutter free for safety purposes.
Removing shoes as you enter the home is appropriate in some cultures. It’s also a good health practice to get into so you don’t carry pollutants, pesticides, germs or chemicals and transfer them from your shoes to your home. One thing you may consider in your entry way if the space allows is a seat so you or your guests can safely and comfortably remove their shoes. A chair or bench would be perfect, and then an attractive place designated for shoes.
Some of the things we like to store near the entry include hats, coats, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, dog leashes, and gloves. A nice bowl or beautiful box and even a drawer can hold keys and wallets and other smaller items. Umbrella stands and hat racks add practical, decorative places to store your things.
Mirrors are nice to have in a hallway. You can check yourself on the way out, and your guests can do the same when they arrive. If you have a large entry, armoires, sideboards, and tables offer surface and hidden storage. A decorative bedroom dresser can be a beautiful addition to a larger entry.
The entryway is the perfect party entrance. Be sure that you don’t ignore the opportunity to greet your guests! If you have a delicate or light colored rug, exchange it so it’s not ruined. Clear out the closet and make sure there’s enough room for the coats of all of your guests. If space permits, this is a great spot for a decorative floral arrangement or sculpture.
The entry gets dirty, especially with rain or snow. If it’s wood or tile, a throw rug can be helpful to avoid slipping and to pick up the dirt that is carried in. Plus you can remove, clean and replace whenever necessary. It’s also a great way to change the look of the space.
Check out your entry. Is it free of clutter? No newspapers piling up, shoes sitting there waiting to be tripped over. While the entry is one of the smaller spaces in your house, it can also be home to the most junk.