A hallway can be a place to drop off shoes, bags, keys and mail when you get home and a place to quickly grab what you need before you go out. For many families, however, the home is a disorganized dumping ground. Here are some tips to optimize the use of space.
Think about the time you live
If you and your family wear coats, hats, scarves, and boots, designate areas to keep those things organized. If your entryway doesn’t have a closet, add hooks to one wall so everyone can hang a coat. You can also use hooks for backpacks and handbags. Make sure the hooks are at a height where your children can easily reach them.
Reserve space on a shelf for individual boxes or baskets where family members can place their hats and scarves. Shoes and boots can go on a shoe rack or in individual baskets. It’s also a good idea to include a bench or chair where people can sit while putting on and taking off the boots.
Organize the other items you use daily
Place the keys in small boxes or plastic containers on a table or counter. This way, you won’t have to search for your keys when you’re getting ready for work and taking your kids to school.
Many people bring mail, drop it off, then forget about it. This can lead to a lot of clutter and can also cause you to overlook important bills and letters. Use boxes or baskets to sort mail into categories. Even if you don’t open the mail right away, at least you’ll have it organized so you can skim through it later.
Create a system that everyone can follow
It is important to design a system that meets the needs of your family. It should also be simple and clear so that everyone, including young children, can understand and follow it. Designating specific areas for each family member can do wonders for keeping the household organized. If your kids know exactly where to put their things and where to pick them up before they leave for school, it can save you a lot of headaches.
Keep clutter out of your home
The entry should be a place to store items that family members use daily. It shouldn’t be a place where people can keep every pair of shoes they own, toys, etc. This will quickly make the entrance a cluttered disaster.
Review everything currently in the entryway and determine what belongs there, what should be in another part of the house, and what can be discarded or donated. At least once a month, take the time to remove anything that shouldn’t be in the hallway.