A Twitter buddy of mine was wondering how to avoid the buildup of shoes, coats, mail, etc. from when you walk in the door. I think most people struggle with this, since it’s really easy just to toss down your stuff and sack out in a chair the second you get home.
The biggest key to this is to keep up with the stuff the minute you walk in the door, or even before. I keep my trash dumpster by the mailbox and I immediately dump all the sales flyers and other crap I don’t want directly into the dumpster. The exception to this is credit card offers and other things which need to be shredded. Those go on top of my paper shredder and when I’m feeling exceptionally cranky, I get to shredding.
Having some organizational stuff right beside the door you come into is also important. One of the things I’m hoping to get for Christmas this year is a hall tree so we can hang out coats on it. We’re lucky enough to have a closet right beside the door, but it just seems soooooo harrrrrd to pull out a hanger and hang our coats up, so they usually end up tossed on the ottoman or hung on the back of one of our kitchen chairs. My mom has a hall tree by her door, and we always remember to hang our coats up there. So I’m thinking hall tree for Christmas.
Having a key rack by the door is also handy. Get one that’s strong enough and you could even hang your purse there. For the shoes, we have that handy closet, but if you don’t have one, get a shoe rack, or even put a basket by the door to stick shoes in. Once a week or so, you can clean out the basket and get all the shoes you don’t wear as frequently back into your closet or wherever you keep your shoes.
Finally, for the mail you DO want to deal with, my suggestion is to get a wire rack to store your mail in. On Sunday afternoons, I always sit down with the mail to be dealt with and pay bills, etc. Once you get into the habit of this, you’ll find that mail isn’t such a problem any more.
Tell me, Home Eccers, what are your tips?
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