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Front Entry Fixes

MHI: How can I keep my entry from becoming a dumping ground for mail, keys, papers, and shoes?

JW: Have a designated space in your entryway for things and get in the habit of always putting items there as soon as you walk through the door.

A few things to consider:

  • A bench with storage baskets is a great place to store shoes and keep them from cluttering up your space. This also gives you a place to sit and put on shoes in comfort prior to going outdoors.
  • Place a decorative dish atop a console table to house keys.
  • Hang hooks and use them for scarves, umbrellas, and dog leashes.
  • Install shelving that will serve as a landing place for mail and papers. Use a basket or bin on top of the shelving.
  • When you are ready, open your mail over a trash can or recycling bin so you can dispose all the outer envelopes and unimportant inserts. Deal with what you can right away -- transfer information into your calendar for upcoming events and discard the invitation. Instead of keeping bills in an office file, use a letter rack and stash the bills and important to-dos in order of their due dates. This way, you’ll have a visual reminder that they’re waiting to be paid.

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