Posted by Steven Sawyer on 3/24/2019

The first thing you see when you come home is your entryway. No one wants to go back to a cluttered house, and organizing your entry is the first step. The challenge though is that because it is the first place you land, it becomes where everything else falls too. Itís the catch-all for the mail and magazines, homework, receipts from your shopping trip, and even those door hanger coupons youíre saving for date night.

Youíve read that heading straight to the office with your mail is best. But even on your best day, you come in the door with both hands full, looking for a place to drop the keys before you drop the eggs. The simplest solution is to set up a landing table in the entry that you can place items to go over later. Check out these ideas to see what might work best for you. 

Drawers

If your entry table has drawers, the important stuff can be shoved out of sight. So, slip your wallet and keys into a drawer before heading into the rest of the house. Larger drawers are great for winter gloves, sunglasses, and other items you need to grab on your way out.

Shelves

A large shelf at the bottom of the table legs makes the perfect spot for covered baskets. Use these to toss boots and shoes, backpacks and homework. Or, organize your recycling, so the trip to the curb is just a short step.

Above the table surface, narrow cubbies and shelves make the perfect spot to sort the mail. Set up one cubby for the advertising circulars you want to get back to. Another works well for take-out menus. Finally, have a cubby for important mail that needs sorting. That way, when you have a moment to go through it, youíll find it all in one place and not on random surfaces throughout the house.

Dťcor

Of course, everyone wants to arrange the perfect collection of vases, photographs, vintage glass and artful books on their entry table. Just remember that when you do, youíre going for form over function. Having decorative items on the table surface takes away your place to set things to relieve your overfull arms coming in the door. Instead, hang a decorative floating shelf above the surface to hold all the decorative items while the tabletop is available to capture what you might otherwise drop.

If your entry doesnít have room for a table, now might be the time to think about purchasing a home that more adequately meets your needs. Talk to your real estate pro about a new home today.




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Posted by Steven Sawyer on 5/13/2018

Minimalism is everywhere lately, and itís no wonder why. With each of us cramming our days full of more and more tasks, buying larger houses, and being bombarded with advertisements for all of the things we need to fill those homes up with, it becomes apparent why many are turning to a simpler way of living. Or, at the very least, trying to cut down on the amount of stuff we own and have to keep track of.

Since our homes are where we keep all that stuff and where we spend the majority of our time, you can see how it becomes easy for homes to get cluttered and messy.

In this article, weíre going to talk about some of the reasons you might want to incorporate minimalist ideas into your home and give you some tips on how to go about simplifying your life at home.

Less clutter, less cleaning, more time

The obvious benefit of minimalism is that the fewer things you own, the fewer things you have to spend time taking care of. This goes for cleaning, maintaining, and storing. It might be tempting to buy the latest single-cup coffee maker, but do you really need another thing to take care of and find counter space for?

When it comes to cleaning, a minimal house is much easier to take care of. Fewer things to dust and wash means you can spend more time doing things you enjoy.

To illustrate how much easier it is to clean a minimal room than a cluttered one, just image how long it takes to mop the floors of an empty room compared to having to move or clean around furniture.

The same reasoning applies to mowing a lawn--itís easier to mow in a straight line that it is to have to carefully avoid objects strewn across your yard.

Easier to live in  

By nature, we are an animal that loves to be organized. We get frustrated when things arenít where we left them or when we forget where we put something we need. A minimal home takes away some of that frustration by allowing fewer opportunities to lose our keys or whatever else gets lost in the piles of clutter.

More welcoming to guests and more relaxing for us

Each of us has our own preferences when it comes to decorating. However, one thing that can be said about humans is that we tend to feel more relaxed when weíre not crowded by things or other people.

Similarly, itís easier for us to focus in environments that have fewer distractions. A minimal home office would ideally contain mostly just the necessities for whatever work you need to accomplish.

How to get started

Now that you know the benefits, here are some ways you can get started making your home more minimal.

To avoid taking on too large of a task at once, approach your home one room at a time. Take note of what is in that room and think back to the last time you used it. Does it serve a purpose? If the object is just for decoration, is it a decoration that you feel adds to the room or does it clutter it up too much?

By asking yourself these questions, you can begin to make your home a more relaxing, more welcoming environment for you and your guests.




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