Decluttering Cure

20 Things You Can Declutter from Your Entryway Right Now

published Sep 14, 2020
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Entryways are working real hard right about now. They’ve always been a barrier between you and the outside world: preparing you to leave for the day with confidence, and welcoming you home with support when you return.

Today, your entryway is also home to some new daily staples, like hand sanitizer and face masks. Meanwhile, your purses and totes might not be getting the use they used to since you stopped commuting. All of this is to say: It’s a great time to check in and make sure your entryway is set up for success—whatever that means these days.

Here’s a quick effort to help you tidy it up…

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Prop Stylist: Stephanie Yeh

Day 7: Do a timed 20-minute declutter in your entryway area.

We did this a couple days ago in the living room, but here’s a recap of how a timed decluttering exercise works: Set a timer for 20 minutes and head to your entryway area. Be it a foyer, mudroom, counter, console, or wall area—we’re targeting whatever room or spot in your home that acts as a reception when you come home each day. You may also want to grab a laundry basket or something similar. If 20 minutes feels like way more time than you need, feel free to set your timer for 10 minutes, or whatever feels right to you.

While the clock is counting down, look for anything that’s trash, out of place, or just ready for a new home and gather it all up into your basket.

Where to Look:

  • console table tops
  • shelves
  • drawers
  • inside cubbies or baskets
  • hooks and coat racks
  • the coat closet
  • inside your totes and bags

What to look for:

  1. backpacks, handbags and purses
  2. shoes and boots
  3. coats and jackets
  4. scarves, gloves, and hats
  5. umbrellas
  6. sunglasses and sunglass cases
  7. old commuter cards and other gear
  8. bike helmets and bike locks
  9. other sporting gear
  10. old mail
  11. magazines
  12. matches and lighters
  13. extra keys
  14. cords and phone chargers
  15. makeup and hair accessories
  16. gardening and plant supplies
  17. leashes and other pet supplies
  18. things waiting to be taken away or returned
  19. random things you dropped there on your way in
  20. any other trash or recycling

When the timer stops, return everything to its proper home, or into trash, recycling, or your “sell” and “donate” boxes from day one.

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