I’m often asked which room in the house, if organized, will give you the most bang-for-your-buck (and time) – it’s a toss-up between the front door/kitchen and basement/storage spot.
The front door and kitchen are really the most important spaces, because they are the filter for the rest of the house. We want to feel welcomed and at peace when we arrive home – not greeted with clutter!
With today’s busy families the front door is not the place for delicate pretty decorative items, nor should it be a place with piles of everyone’s stuff.
- Provide hooks for the kids to reach so they can put away their own coats and backpacks
- Have baskets which will allow them to toss their shoes, hats, etc. into.
- Make sure you have a spot for what is naturally in your hand when you walk in (keys, mail, etc.)
- In a rush when you’re arriving home? Have a basket to catch items you’re bringing in that can be put away later. At least it will be contained instead of clutter strewn all about.
- The same goes for items leaving the house: store returns, donations, return to a friend, take to school/office, etc. Once you’ve made the decision that an item has to leave, don’t let it clog up your living space – get it to the front door!
And finally, ensure there is a ‘No Flyers/No Junk Mail’ sign on the front door. Don’t let the junk mail in – you know it’s just going to pile up on the kitchen counter.
And, speaking of kitchens…
Create a simple family information spot that can catch the mail, school notices, homework, and appointment reminders. See our post on steps to creating a kitchen hub…home organization.
Tags: front door, kitchen organization, organizing household paperwork.