First Impressions: An Organized Entrance
The appearance of the entrances to our homes becomes important to most of us during the holidays. Many decorate the exterior windows and almost all of us place some type of decoration at and in our doors and entrances. Making this area festive gives a welcoming appearance so appropriate for this time of the year. To maintain that hospitable impression throughout the year does not require so many decorations but only a clean and organized appearance.
While your home may have several entrances, those most often used are also the most important to have orderly and attractive. Often within those spaces, several activities may take place that require items with a good arrangement. Here are some tips to consider.
- Provide a shelf, a small table or chest if the area has enough space to place containers for small items, hats, gloves, etc. Cover it with a plain or decorative washable fabrics or small quilt to give a warm touch to the entrance and cut down on dusting and polishing.
- Provide containers to drop off incoming papers as close to the entrance as possible. This may be the incoming paper box, a basket or other small container that will hold items until they can be sorted later that day
- Place hooks, small pegs or containers for keys.
- If shoes are removed when entering, provide a basket, crate or box for them to be contained. Otherwise they will move around and get misplaced. This could also be in the garage or a closet at the front door.
- Include placement of hooks or pegs for children’s coats, backpacks or book bags or other totes. These are easy for children to use.
- If a closet is available, hanging shelves or open shoe bags can be used for hats, gloves and other small items.
- Use wooden or other sturdy hangers in coat closets.
- Add space above the top shelf in the closet with additional shelves or stacking containers.
- Provide a container for items to go out the door as you leave. A box or basket for envelopes to be mailed, books to be returned, etc. will help remind you to pick them up as you leave.
- Place an umbrella stand near the door for rainy days.
- Outdoor mats will help clean shoes before entering the house.
- A washable rug near the door will help dry wet shoes and keep dirt from being carried further into the house.
- Attractive plants and decorative containers will help beautify the space. If you have access to fresh flowers and enjoy arranging them, they are the a great way to provide a welcome into your home. A simple bouquet in a mug or vase is all that is needed. You do not have to be a professional florist to make it attractive.
- Keep the walk, steps and porch clean. Wash any glass on the door. It gives a sparkling good first impression.
Whether large or small, the entrance sets the tone for the rest of your home. Keeping it orderly and functional as well as attractive will give it a welcoming invitation to come inside. If you have any questions or comments please contact us through our website: www.OrderlyPlaces.com or by email: maryfrances@OrderlyPlaces.com We would love to hear you stories of your organizing journey.