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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

Organizing Your Entry Hall

Spring has finally arrived. Many people like to do spring cleaning at this time of year. I prefer to use my zone plan where I chose an area in my home and organize and clean deeply in just that area.

This year I am in a new home and have chosen to work on my back entry hall and one storage wall in my laundry room as my April zone. My vision for the entry area is to create a space where incoming and outgoing items are held. Current outerwear is left here. Cloth grocery bags, when unpacked after a grocery run, are hung here until the next trip to the car. Outgoing mail is laid on the bench until the next trip out the door. I also want this area to make people smile when they enter my home. I have hung and placed whimsical art. The entry hall is right outside my office so I also use the bench to hold some extra office supplies.

The storage wall in my laundry has many purposes. I put an elfa system up to hold a lot of overflow from other areas of the home. This one wall holds entertainment supplies, recycling bins, a cat box, extra litter, cat food, bird seed, tool kits, cleaning products, extra file crates from the office and a hanging rod for clothes taken from the dryer. What a hodgepodge! Surprisingly, this zone is working fairly well. However, as I go through this zone, I will look closely at what is there. I am sure that some of the items can be purged, some reorganized, and eventually some of it many go somewhere else.

At the end of the month, I will reward myself by buying some flowers blooming in a pot to place outside the door.

For more help on organizing your space, order my workbook From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home.

Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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