The Ultimate Algorithm (aka Cheat Sheet!) to a Clutter Free Entry during Fall Season

The Ultimate Algorithm (aka Cheat Sheet!) to a Clutter Free Entry during Fall Season

Earlier this June, I shared with you some serious tips on how to make your entryway functional and beautiful all at the same time HERE - How to Decorate a Beautiful and Functional Entryway. I hope you enjoyed decorating your entry and it’s all functional and beautiful now.

The best thing about it – a truly functional entryway doesn’t accumulate clutter. And you know what - let’s test your entry! We have a little help here from our beautiful mother nature. The fall season is coming: more shoes, more coats, hats, mittens and scarfs, and school stuff! This is definitely the clutter-stress-test for our entryway!

If you're already scared, please don’t be! I don’t want you to fail the test, so I created this Ultimate Algorithm to a Clutter Free Entryway with a question sequence you should address to your entryway. 

Consider this your Cheat Sheet. If you answer most questions with a YES, your entryway will pass the test! If the majority is NO, then print the Checklist and start working! I included an easy fix and doable tips for every NO.

 

Here is The Algorithm:

The Ultimate Algorithm (aka Cheat Sheet!) to a Clutter Free Entry during Fall Season

1. Does your entryway closet have enough space for all the seasonal outerwear?

How to check: use my signature formula: household members number X  4 (average outfits number) X 3 inch (minimum space for each outfit) + 12 inch (for guests and extra) = width of your closet in inches.

If your actual closet is wider then this number, answer YES.

If thinner, then answer NO.

How to fix: install a double rod; add hooks and/or clothing rack.

TIP: look for unique and attractive hooks and racks that will add character to your entry even when they're empty.

2. Does your entryway have enough space for footwear?

How to check: count all your shoe pairs for all the household members (there is no average – the shoe mania is a real thing and everyone has a different stage of it). This number X 8 inch (space for each pair) = the overall width of all the shoe shelves in your entryway.

If your shelves altogether width is higher than this number, answer is YES.

If lower, then answer NO.

How to fix: bring in bookcases or a wall cabinet as additional shoe storage. Open shelving or with doors - both can be functional and store all your shoe clutter.

3. Does your entryway have enough space for your accessories?

How to check: Take a look!

if you don’t see scarfs and hats all over sticking out from the closet, then answer is YES. 

If you see accessories laying around your entryway: NO. (it’s not always math, sometimes it’s just common sense!)

How to fix: Use baskets for slippers and small items like hats and scarfs. 

TIP: put decorative names of your family members on the baskets and store stuff accordingly.

4. Is there a place in your entryway to set down the things you usually carry in your hands when entering the house? (keys/phone/purse/glasses)

How to check: when leaving the house do you often find yourself looking for your keys/glasses or not remembering where you left them?

If not then your answer is YES, you have that handy spot.

If you look for your stuff every time, then NO.

How to fix: bring in a console table, place it close to the door, put a stylish tray on it and toss all the small items like keys on it, or place an extra shelf and/or little hooks within your reach.

5. It there a place in your entryway where to land your b…  oops, I mean where to sit?

How to check: just kidding!

Yes – add one YES to your results, 

No – add the NO.

How to fix: look for double duty seating: a chest or bench with baskets underneath. Use it as additional storage for accessories.

6. It there a place in your entryway to set down your bags?

Yes – add one YES to your results,

No – add the NO.

How to fix: use your seating, use your stairs, or use your clothing rack’s lower row of hooks to hang bags.

TIP: don’t put your bag on the floor and teach your kids a good habit early on.

7. Is there enough light in your entryway?

How to check: do you clearly see the things in your closet and inside shelves?

Yes – add one YES to your results, 

No – add the NO.

How to fix: your ceiling light should be bright – change the lamp type to LED, more lumens, less wattage; add light to your closet.

8. Did you put away your summer stuff?

This is the reality check! If it's a YES, good for you - you're ahead of the game! 

No? That's ok - organize yourself first, and your entryway will be easy to keep clutter free.

Pin for later, share with friends, and don't forget to USE this checklist in your home. Let's beat the clutter this fall!