Imagine coming home after a long day and opening your door to a sparkling clean entryway. Everything is well organized and has a spot. The best part is, you know even if it gets messy, it will be easy to clean.
This is going to be your entryway soon! This post is going to walk you step by step through decluttering, organizing, and deep cleaning your entryway.
It is the first room in my simple spring cleaning plan so be sure to stick around if you’d like to do this in other rooms as well!
how to declutter your entryway
- Grab a bag and collect any garbage. Examples: junk mail, empty water bottles, shoes and coats that have holes or stains, etc.,
- Go put away anything that doesn’t belong in your entryway.
- Get a donation box and look through everything to see what you’re ready to donate. Examples: Outgrown or rarely worn coats and shoes, rarely worn hats or other accessories, and home decor that you don’t love.
- Consider donating extra furniture pieces if they are used purely for decoration. Examples: A chair or side table that doesn’t get used. If you find yourself piling stuff on it, I challenge you to try to do without it and see how it feels.
how to organize your entryway
- Do a quick clean up and declutter before you start. You are going to be able to focus more on your items when things are tidied up.
- Put shoes, coats, and accessories worn less than twice a week into a bedroom closet. This will keep them nicer, make your entryway less cluttered, and make mornings go smoother.
- Put out of season clothes and accessories into bins on the top of the closet or wherever you store out of season items. You only want the items that are used multiple times a week in your entryway.
- Designate a space for your mail, keys, and paperwork. Preferably something that is hanging on the wall. If you don’t have something like this, write it on your to do list to buy one.
- Create hooks instead of hangers for coats. This makes it easier to resist setting your coat down somewhere else.
- Keep everything off of the floor if possible. Example: If shoes are on the floor, get a bin or a shoe shelf.
- If something doesn’t have a designated space, make a place for it. If it’s something that always ends up in the entryway and you have space to put it in a bin in there, you can do that.
how to deep clean your entryway
- Do a quick tidy and get your cleaning supplies ready. A duster, cleaning spray, rags, window spray, broom, and mop.
- Dust everything from top to bottom. Start with the light fixture and move across the ceiling and down the walls (Including blinds).
- Spray and wipe everything from the light fixture down to the floor. Move bins and everything for a quick wipe down. This includes windowsills and window tracks, blinds, baseboards, and doors.
- Wash windows and mirrors.
- Throw curtains or rugs in the washer.
- Sweep and mop the floors
how to keep your entrway clean
Decluttering is the best way to keep your entryway clean. Only keep the items that are worn/ used multiple times a week in your entryway and find new homes for the rest of your belongings.
I want you to be very realistic with yourself here. How many coats, shoes, and accessories do you actually need? How many are actually being worn? I want you to do one more quick sweep through your sparkling clean entryway. As you do this, I want you to notice if there’s anything else that you don’t use frequently or love!
When you’re done, kick your feet up and sit back with a cup of coffee. You deserve it. 🙂
a simple spring cleaning plan
Every week, I will walk you step by step through decluttering, organizing, and then deep cleaning a room in your house. Be sure to subscribe to “The Simplify Mom Life Podcast” wherever you listen to podcasts or click here to get an email reminder each week.