The holidays are coming! The 31 Days of Decluttering and Organizing is now on day nine. It's time to look at our home as guests might when they enter. I'm sure we could pin many things on Pinterest to decorate, but what is the point if we have clutter just inside?
In my case, there actually isn't much clutter just inside the door. No one would trip on anything left on the floor. How does yours look? Do you have things left by the door to leave or give to someone? If so, get those items gone. Is there too much furniture? Can you find a new space for some of it, or should it leave your home? Do you feel okay with how the space is? If so, leave it. Those are just questions to ponder?
Part of your entry may be a place to remove/store shoes, or hang/store coats. If may be visible or behind a door, but it would be best to take a look at the space. Is there space for guests to set their shoes? Do you have space and hangers for guests? If not, could you make room, even if that means moving some items to another space? What is in your closet that you might not want guests to see? What just doesn't belong?
In our case, the coat closet has plenty of space, but only ONE extra hanger! Not quite right. I don't really want guests to see the broom, but I'm sure not ashamed of them. They are part of life, right? We do have some items in the closet that could be moved: the shoe box, iron and ironing board and maybe that big manual on the shelf.
Look at all coats, gloves, hats and boots. Check for rips, stains, tears and fit. Get rid of any that you don't like or won't wear anymore. Check with other members of your household. Make note of any needs, too. Doesn't hurt to know you will need to buy a new coat for a child that has outgrown theirs before colder weather arrives. Many people don't even have one coat. So considering donating those you don't need so that someone else can benefit from your extras.
Since I have a uncluttered entry way I will show you where the book bag ends up most days. If company were coming today, I would have this moved to the coat closet above, or to my daughter's room. This just happens to be her drop zone for most days!
Good luck tackling the your front entry, hall/guest closet, winter gear, or all three! It's a big job sometimes. Don't get upset if this is an area that takes more than one day. The little bits of time add up if you keep at it. And I expect you will find these areas well worth the effort in the coming months.