When the kids go back to school, it seems there's a lot of clutter that comes with it. The clutter wants to live by the front door, back door (your main entryway) and the kitchen and it makes friends!
Here are some tips on how to organize a closet or hallway to work well and serve as a launching pad for your family.
- Purge all items that don't belong in this area, are broken or don't fit. You'll be amazed at what you find when you start digging!
- Assign space for each family member and label their area, hook or basket
- Rotate items seasonally in order to make more space for each person. Store out of season items in the basement or on the top shelf in another closet
- Limit the number of shoes each person keeps by the door and stick to it. Entry closets were not intended to hold 50 pairs of shoes! (This is a key issue I see with all my clients.) Try going vertical with shoes.
- Consider using double hanging to create a place where kids can reach and hang a coat. (See photo above for double hang space for kids.)
- Use the easiest access spot for frequently used items. The easier it is to put away, the more likely it WILL be put away
- Assign space for phones and chargers, keys, pet leashes, backpacks and sports bags
There are numerous wonderful products out there to help organize your entryway. Once you've purged and sorted your closet, you'll be able to see what you need to take you the rest of the way to being organized. See more before and after organized entryways here.