52 Weeks of Organizing – Week 2 An Organized Entry Way – Coats/Shoes/Landing Pad

When you first walk into your home, is it welcoming?  Do you have a place to hang your coat, leave your shoes, put down your keys and purse?  What about your children?  Do you have a designated space to drop book bags and lunch boxes?  If the answer is no to any of those, then you are in the right place!

Welcome to the 52 Weeks of Organizing Challenge!  This is Week 2 in the series!  Please note that these weeks are not built on one another and you can start at any time!  It’s never too early or too late to begin organizing!  Please note that this organizing challenge is meant to work in harmony with the Stay Moore Organized system and weeks to get your household cleaning chores done will be built into the challenge!

This week we need to organize your entry way.  It’s a good place to start in any organizing journey since it is the place that you arrive when you walk in your home.  Most often entry ways are cluttered because there is no routine, and often there is no routine because there is no room to put things!

organized coat closet

I love this simple but functional coat closet by Made2Make. It is about the size of our coat closet and the baskets and hooks would be great for all sorts of small items.

So, the first question is … Do you have a coat closet?  If yes, can you easily hang a coat in it?

Go through the coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc and donate ones that are too small or no longer being used.

The number of items that you keep should be determined by what your space allows.  Specialty outerwear that is only worn on occasion should not be stored in this area unless you have a large enough space.  You may also want to designate a place in your closet for hanging scarves, putting mittens, shoes, hats, bags, book bags.  You can find lots of ideas and suggestions on organizing coat closets on my pinterest board for Organized Coat Closets.  In my home, our coat closet is too small for book bags.  Therefore, I opt to have my kids drop book bags where they do homework each night.

I also have a designated landing pad in my home for my keys and purse.  It is just a small shelf by the door where I put my things each day when I walk in.

If you have space in your entry way it is also nice to have a few other things:

  • Mirror
  • Lamp
  • Bowl or Dish for keys
  • Umbrella/place to put wet umbrellas
  • Mat for dirty/wet shoes

For security purposes, it is wise to not leave things like keys, purses, valuables in sight if you have a window close by.  If you do have a window at your entry way consider using a basket or small table with a drawer to put these items out of sight.

You can also reference my pinterest board for organized entry ways.  It contains both small and larger spaces.


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