Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Stay Ahead of Clutter With This Straightforward System

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Clutter easily falls under the radar…until it’s impossible to ignore. Make a daily habit out of filtering out the bad, and organizing the good by creating a space that you’ll want to really use each time you come in to your home. You’ll stay ahead of the mail, bills and items coming in to your home and also, feel more coordinated on your way out.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Set up a space and organizational system right in your entryway, then use it every time you go through the door.

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Identify The Essentials: Functionally, entryways are often thought of as a drop zones or landing strips, so named for everything that lives in these spaces. The next time you come home, make a mental note of everything you’re carrying that needs a place to land. The next time you leave, inventory what you need to easily grab before you walk out the door. This is what you need a system for. Here’s some help on the basic elements of a well-functioning space:

→ 6 Components to a Well-Functioning Landing Strip → One Minute Tip: Create a Basic Landing Strip → Slow Home Principles: A Guide To Entryways and Landing Strips
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Set Up Your Space: Knowing what you need, create a good set-up for shoes, backpacks, bags, dog leashes, umbrellas, and jackets. Don’t worry if you have a non-existent or tiny entryway! There’s something for even the smallest of spaces.

→ 5 Inspiring Small-Space Entryways that Take Up No Space at All →

Our Favorite Entryway and Landing Strip Ideas

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. And hey, if you don’t feel like finding a space for your umbrella, choose one of our other weekend projects to get done.

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

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Check out the entire 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all the Weekend Project ideas and download our August Home Checklist while you’re there. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!