In the chapter, “Organize Your Entryway or Mudroom”, Jennifer contrasts a formal entryway that consists of a chandelier and a single table holding a vase of fresh flowers and the “real” entrance to a home where everything may seem to pile up and be cluttered. I found this week’s challenge, a little bit challenging due to the fact that we do not have a “real entryway/mudroom” because of the way our condo is setup. There is not much room around our entryways. We have two entrances, the front door, which we hardly ever use, and the back door, which is our main entry. Even though we do not have a formal entryway or mudroom, I was able to apply Jennifer’s tips in organizing the other areas/surfaces in our home, which were becoming our dumping grounds for everything we brought in from the outside.
I love a lot of family/friends pictures in our home. Due to spacial limits, I had to be creative in how I was to arrange pictures. We actually attached these wires into the walls, but if you live in a rental or do not want something so permanent, look at the following links for similar ideas.
- Magnetic Photo Rope by Digital Photography School
- Magnetic Photo Rope by Photojojo!
- DIY Photowire Frames
- Cable and Magnet Bulletin Board (this is how we did ours)
Jennifer has great tips for coat closets, which I will include in this post, but we do not have a coat closet by either entryway. I guess the builder didn’t see a use for one, since we live in Florida. So, the builder decided to put our laundry “room” right off the front entryway behind two doors. I hesitate to call in a “room” but, that’s where we do the laundry. I leave this area completely clear of anything since I have to open both doors to do laundry. I only hang family pictures in this area.
Jennifer helps by outlining the following goals:
- Gather up everything that does not belong in this area and sort the items by family member
- Wash the throw rugs or replace them
- Place a wicker basket next to the door
- Sort the non-clothing items in your hall closet. Put these items where they will be better suited to be.
- Sort the clothing items in your hall closet. Donate or sell unwanted items.
- Install hooks or cubbies for each family member
- Set up a Launch Pad
- Provide a place for family members and quests to sit down when putting on shoes
In week 4 of the Organize Now! Challenge, I shared with you how I created a Launch Pad which is a “designated home for the items each family member needs for the day”. On a daily basis, I take my purse, my phone, a lunch bag, and my Resources bag which houses a current book/magazine I am reading, a journal and my iPad. If I am going to workout at the gym, I will also have my gym bag. To have all of this organized and in one place makes a lot of sense and saves me time when leaving in the morning. With Jennifer’s tip of a Launch Pad, I created my Launch pad in my office. It is a small bookshelf that fits right under my dry erase board calendar which I use to record and plan my workouts. I showed this in the Week 1 Organize Now! Challenge. There is an electrical plug right behind the little bookcase so that I can charge my iPad and phone. I am able to store anything at this Launch Pad that I may need to take with me in preparation for the day. This is where I place my Resources bag.
We keep our keys on a key hook right inside our kitchen. This helps so much to keep it in one place and not having to spend unnecessary time searching for our keys.
This bench/ottoman use to be in front of our couch until we recently bought a reclining couch. We re-purposed the ottoman as our new bench for putting on/taking off our shoes and placing our items we need to take with us for the day, such as our gym bags and our work laptops.
I enjoyed this week’s challenge which has helped me to get my home more organized so that my time can be spent on other important factors of my life. This week’s challenge also really helped me to observe my habits and has helped me to evaluate where I need to improve. I again have taken to heart Jennifer’s advice and will implement what I learned.
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***