Posted on May 9, 2016 in Front Door
A beautiful entryway is one of the most important elements of a home. It is the place where you set the tone for your entire household. Every time you or your family members pass through that door they are reminded of your family culture, values, and goals. A beautiful door, like those available through Uber Doors, are one way to add beauty. But what about the entryway inside the door?
The Psychology of Clutter
Many of us enter our homes with briefcases, shopping bags, backpacks, letter, and flyers in our hands. We walk into our homes carrying all the “weight” of what we’ve been working on outside the home. The doorway signifies a change in our psyche. We naturally relax and feel the urge to put all of those items we’re carrying down. The problem with this is obvious: clutter.
Clutter near a doorway, particularly if there is a horizontal surface handy, is common. Kids kick off their shoes and drop their school bags. Mom tries to get all the shopping bags in from the car in one go and drops off the ones that don’t need to go all the way back to the kitchen. Letters from the mailbox get scattered along the top of the entryway table and pretty soon you have an awful mess on your hands. Professional organizers call these locations “hotspots.” They invite clutter because of the psychological transition we make as we pass through them. Kitchen tables, bedrooms, and bathroom counters pose the same problem. These areas don’t fulfill a singular, easy to track purpose. They reflect the thoughts and emotions of the people passing through them and collect the items left behind as our minds switch their focus to a new activity or chore.
Don’t worry though, there are a few “hacks” you can follow to reduce the amount of clutter by your entryway and maintain the beauty of your front door, inside and out.
The Hall Closet
This is a home element that can be utilized to great effect, but be careful! If not outfitted properly a closet can become a pit of despair where nothing is organized. For best effect, give it a light colored paint job, plenty of open, easily accessible shelves, and pegs for coats, hats, and scarves.
Super Cute Cubbies
This is an organizational trend that is bound to stick around for awhile. It’s easy, cute, and effective. Easily customized to your home decor, these small spaces can contain shoes, bags, sports equipment, briefcases, purses, and just about any of the small items that walk into the house when you do. These spaces can be turned into a bench where you can quite literally “kick off your shoes” and get ready to relax in your home.
Letter and Key Organizer
This element to your organized entryway cannot be emphasized enough. Keys get lost in the bottom of a coat pocket or a purse, letters get misplaced and we’re left looking on every horizontal surface in the house to find that important document. You can avoid the stress of not knowing where your needed item is at by hanging a small and simple organizer near your front door. It creates an easy place for you to place those small items that need to be found quickly. If a letter is important, place it in the organizer, you’ll see it every time you walk in and out, keeping it in the forefront of your mind.
Inside Welcome Mat
We’re used to seeing a welcome mat on the outside of a front door, but the inside mat is just as important. The transition spot between the inside and outside is the best place to catch dirt from shoes as well as all of the items in your arms. Choose something that matches your decor and adds to the overall beauty.
The last element to include in your clutter free plan is to incorporate regular cleaning and organizing. Just a few minutes a week will keep your front entryway from becoming a mass of discarded items.
Take a few hours this weekend to arrange your entryway space and you just might find that your front door clutter is at an end. You’ll be able to enjoy a truly relaxing homecoming every time you walk through your beautiful front door.
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