This post is part of the Busy Moms Decluttering Challenge! We are working through Ruth Soukup's Book “31 Days to a Clutter Free Life“- taking one week to work on each of the decluttering assignments. You can see all of our Decluttering Challenge posts here!
All week long we've been working on our first assignment of our Busy Moms Decluttering Challenge– tackling the entryway and mudroom areas of our homes. I showed you what my starting point was a few days ago- and now I'll show you what I accomplished this week. I broke down all of my decluttering tasks into manageable daily bites- and I'll show you how long each area took below). So here's how to declutter your entryway and mudroom:
How to Declutter the Entryway
In our case we have a front door that is mainly used by guests, but it is also where my kids store their backpacks and sports bags after school. And the thing that was making me the most “nutty” about this area- was how my kids would just toss off their shoes and leave them all over the rug- so when someone did come over to visit- I would have to kick all of the shoes out of the way in order to open the front door! So as I started decluttering this area- I noticed something…
The two bins that I had at the door were no longer large enough to fit their teen-sized shoes! And after a few shoes were in a bin- the rest would never fit- so it was time to find a bigger bin!
I settled on this pop-up tote (I love pop up totes, I also use them to store blankets in the family room and game room, as hampers, etc) which is large enough that shoes can go in flat and be stacked on top of each other when needed. And I moved it away from the backpack rack and onto the baker's rack so everything would be out of the way.
And of course- I emphasized to the kids that I now expected them to use the new shoe bin and baker's rack and no longer leave their things on the floor!
The area by the front door- decluttered! (Day 1, total time=20 minutes)
Next it was time to tackle the front closet- and here we were storing way too many things that either didn't belong in this closet- or were coats and shoes that my husband and I don't wear anymore. We started from the ground up- emptying just one area at a time, cleaning it, sorting what was in it, and then putting back only what we wanted to keep.
Before we finished we collected 3 bags of items we no longer needed- just from this closet alone!
And here's how it looks after decluttering:
So much better! In our entryway we also have a small wall with a table and mirror in front of it- and I also decluttered the drawer in that little table. Boy- talk about a space that attracts all kinds of doo-dads- a drawer by the front door is truly a catch all area! (Day 2, total time=1 1/2 hours)
Another place in our home that sort of serves as an entryway- are the steps leading down to our basement. This is where I hang my jacket, handbag, deposit grocery flyers, store my reusable shopping bags- and it is also the space where I keep things we make/harvest- like honey from my husband's honeybees and maple syrup from the trees out family taps. I use these shelves to keep the filled bottles as well as the ones we use empty all year long and will re-fill next spring/summer. (Day 3, total time=45 minutes)
How to Declutter the Mudroom
Our mudroom area is where all of the kids' coats, shoes, sports gear, sunglasses- and so forth are contained. They have locker-style cubbies for hanging their current season's coat right when they walk in, and they have bins for shoes (when they use them!). This area only needed a general clean up- like putting away their snow pants left out from the winter and moving out the shoes that they've since outgrown from the fall (the ones in good shape go into the closet to be passed down to a younger sibling- those that are worn out are tossed).
And then we have a large shelved closet that we use to store everything off season as well as sports gear. This one needed a more serious decluttering. (Day 4, total time= 1 hour)
And one story about decluttering that I would like to share is about a large bin of sports equipment that a friend gave me thinking that perhaps that my kids could use it, that I had stuffed into this closet. But here's the thing- this equipment was for a sport that my kids don't even play, nor have any desire to play. But it was good stuff- quite valuable! So I kept it around…. for 2 years!
But this time when I looked at it- and I asked myself those decluttering questions- do I love it? (no), do I need it? (no), do I want it? (no) and do I have room to store it (not so much!) and I knew it was time to let it go. So I packed it up and donated it. Without sadness and without guilt. It was time to reclaim my space!
Looking for Some More Ideas for Your Entryway and Mudroom?
I shared a post earlier this week on ideas for entryway and mudroom organization– something you'll want to do once you get those areas decluttered!
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