Although our buddy Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this year, our experience tells us his forecast can be lacking a bit of accuracy. Despite some recent temperature fluctuations, we are still in the middle of winter here in Rhode Island. Preparation is key when dealing with unpredictable and variable weather conditions. If you live around here, you’ve experienced the range of “polar vortex” to t-shirt weather just this past week!
Many of the homes I visit feature a mudroom-type entryway. In my opinion, this space in a home is key for getting and staying organized. Having a designated place for coats, boots, bags, and other daily essentials near the door supports both leaving and returning home in a more timely and efficient manner. When you arrive home, hanging up your coat, tossing your hat and mittens in a basket, and taking shoes off right by the door keeps these items from migrating all over the house. When it’s time to leave - you’ll know everything you need is conveniently waiting for you by the door and you’ll make it to your next destination on time. There’s no need to waste time searching every room for that missing mitten!
Even if your home doesn’t have a mudroom, it’s possible to get creative and carve out a functional solution. An entryway doesn’t have to be fancy, the goal is function and ease of use. The basics are:
Some extra items to take into consideration - especially if you live in a snowy area:
Once you’ve figured out what you want and need to keep by the front door, it’s a matter of staying consistent with your limits and habits in order to stay organized and efficient. A few guidelines my clients and myself follow are:
What sorts of solutions or ideas do you have for your entryway? Are you inspired to try out one or more of these ideas? Leave a comment below!