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. It’s the catch-all for the mail and magazines, homework, receipts from your shopping trip, and even those door hanger coupons you’re saving for date night.

You’ve 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, you’ll find it all in one place and not on random surfaces throughout the house.

Décor

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, you’re 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 doesn’t 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 12/24/2017

When you’re short on space, it can be difficult to see how you could ever possibly declutter your closet. It is, after all, a convenient hiding space for all of your items that you have no idea where to put! There’s a few tips that can help you to get on the road to decluttering your closet and getting organized.


Make Things Accessible


One reason that clutter builds up is that things are not very accessible. As you’re trying to find something, items fall and become misplaced. By spreading out your organization system a bit within the closet, you’re able to see what you have and exactly where it is. 


Group Like Items Together


In the same light of being able to find things that you need, grouping like items together makes it easier to find what you need. If you know that all of your haircare items are in a certain bin, you’ll be able to reach in the same spot without thinking.   



Find Places You Can “Drop” Things


Closets tend to be that kind of space where we just drop things and forget about them. We always think “I’ll deal with it later.” When later never comes, we end up with quite a cluttered closet. Keep baskets or trays handy in the closet in order to keep things that you may empty out of your pockets or put away at a later time. This way you’ll only have to clean out one basket instead of the entire closet. 



Make Use Of Drawers


Drawers are incredibly useful in a closet space. You can place a dresser in the closet if space permits. If you don’t have room for a dresser, you may want to create your own drawer units. For an alternative option of storing things, try installing shelving units and placing baskets across the shelves, giving the illusion of drawers.   


Encourage Tidiness


Everything that you do to organize your closet should have the goal of keeping tidiness in mind. If the closet is a walk-in, you’ll organize it much differently than if you have a smaller space. No matter the size of the closet, you’ll want to divide the space into zones of sorts. This way, you’ll know where everything goes and how to keep it neat.   


Light The Space


Without adequate lightning in the closet, it’s pretty difficult to find what you’re looking for, no matter how organized you are. If your closet doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you’ll need to install some lighting. Whether you put in overhead bulbs, or install touch- activated portable lights, the brighter the better when it comes to your closet. Be sure that there’s lights in key areas like darker corners where the main light source doesn't reach. 





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