Being greeted with clutter as soon as you walk through the door can be overwhelming and make you grumpy. The simple and inexpensive solutions shared in episode 50 will reduce the mess and keep your entry organized.
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Being greeted with clutter as soon as you walk through the door can be overwhelming and make you grumpy. The simple and inexpensive solution shared in episode 50 will reduce the mess and keep your entry organized.
Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with sure episodes answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, edit.com and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast.
Hey friends, thanks for joining me for episode 50 of the intentional edit podcast. I can hardly believe that I am recording the 50th episodes a day and that we are halfway to a hundred. This has gone by so fast. I really can’t believe it, but I thank you for being here and I am honored to be helping you on your decluttering organizing and home simplification journey. Before we get going on this tip Tuesday episode, I want to remind you of a contest that I have going on right now, where you can win a free coaching session with me. All you have to do is leave a review before April 30th, where you review the intentional edit and leave your full name in that review. The reason I need your name is so that I can identify who left the review and, and contact you. If you are the winner reviews, whole podcast, get discovered and ring so that listeners like you can find what they are looking for and the information that they need with new podcasts.
If you feel inclined, thank you. You so much for leaving a review. It’s very easy. It’ll only take you two or three minutes. You guys are always telling me you want more coaching sessions and for me to add availability for those coaching sessions. So this is a way to get a coaching session with me very soon. All you have to do is leave the review with your full name and you will be entered to win the contest for that one-on-one coaching session with me. Now, today, let’s get going on this tip Tuesday episode. I am answering another listener question. The question that came in for today’s episode is we don’t have a messy home. I’m actually not bad at keeping the home clean, but the entry area is always a mess. The kids drop coats and gloves on the floor when they home and shoes are always piling up or getting accidentally kicked down the hall.
After listening to your recommendations, we now put backpacks by the door each night and they are ready for school. The next day, that has been a big help, but what do I do about the coats and shoes and everything else that piles up on the floor. Thank you so much for sending this question. And I love that you are using the tips that I’m sharing on the podcast and that getting the backpacks packed up and ready for school the night before is helping to eliminate some of that stress and frustration in the morning. When you’re trying to get out the door, using that tip with getting the backpacks and preparing the night before as part of your nightly routine is helping you. It’s part of a system that is simplifying things in your home and making things easier in your life. So you don’t have to stress about those things in the morning.
That’s a great start, but what about the mess that you’re still having in your entryway? It doesn’t matter if you are coming and going through a garage door or the front door, a side door, if you have a big entryway or an official mud room, we tackle this kind of a mess in the storage for this in the same way you have to have, has a have a designated plan for everything that is coming and going from your home in the winter. Yes, there might be more jackets, gloves, scars in different seasons that might be common to have an umbrella depending on your kids’ activity level or sports that they participate in. There could be a lot of extra bags and gear year that come and go. If those sessions or activities or seasons are currently happening, what can you do for a quick fix?
For some of these things, a couple things that I would suggest are adding hooks. Hooks are huge for keeping things off the ground. And kids are so much more likely to hang a coat or jacket on a hook than they are to hang it up on a hangar and put it in a coat closet. If you have a place even behind the door that opens, and you can put a couple hooks there or a decorative piece that has hooks on it, that is a great solution because so many things can go on hooks, jackets, coats, sweaters, gloves. If you have the glove gloves where they hook together, the gloves can go on a hook, the scarves, an umbrella, hats of all kinds, all kinds of things can go on hooks. And what that does is it makes it so they’re no longer on the floor.
You’re not tripping over those. And it’s not messy hooks. Also in an entry place are good for a leash or anything that can hang up. That’s not too heavy for when you leave the house, you need it outside of the house, but you don’t need it inside of the house. You walk in, it goes on the hook. What about the shoes? The shoes are a big mess. If you want the shoes to be removed. When the family walks through the door, then have a place for those shoes to go. So a basket is a great solution for that. Sometimes people will end up putting a bench with maybe two baskets underneath or a storage Ottoman that has a lid. Sometimes kids don’t like to lift the lid and then the shoes still pile on the floor, but just in general, some type of a basket or baskets, depending on your situation, you might have a basket for some kids to put in one basket and another basket for other kids or different types of shoes.
You can sort it out and get as specific and detailed as you want to, or just a big basket or two will work for collecting the shoes, take them off, put them in the basket, depending on your kids and their personalities. You might need to come up with some kind of a simple reward system or a consequence for not putting the shoes in the basket after a certain time. But these things are all do. And once we get into the habit of doing them, it takes a second or two to place something on a hook or place it in a basket. So the same amount of time it’s taking to take them off and throw them on the floor. Don’t forget about the little things like a wallet or keys, sunglasses, stuff like that. Have a designated place for that. If you have a counter in a mudroom, a table in an entry way, a simple basket or decorative bowl on a table is a great spot to remind you to just drop those things right there.
They’re contained in that little bowl or basket, instead of being spread about all over the table and making it look like a cluttered mess, or just a jumble, a bunch of stuff that has collected there when they’re contained in a bowl or a basket like that, it seems intentional. And it is intentional to reduce the cluttered feeling and just an overall better look so that it’s not something that you have to stress about and be annoyed with implementing things like this, like hooks that ask a bowl on the table. Things like that are great ways to solve a problem quickly. You’re and you’re eliminating a stressor when you don’t have the coats on the floor and the shoes getting kicked down the hall, because they’re always in the way and people tripping over them. It’s something so simple once it’s done. But once you put up the hooks or you, you purchase the basket, now you have a place for these things.
You don’t think about them anymore. And they just become a habit that simply happens in your home. That’s what we’re moving towards. When we’re creating these habits, routines and systems, we’re replacing the old unhealthy habits of dropping everything on the floor. When we walk in caus a cluttered mess and issue of people tripping on things and just something that is unsightly. We’re replacing that with a system that works. And that system is just a habit of hanging the coat instead of dropping it on the ground, placing the keys in the bowl. So you always know where they are instead of running around when you’re trying and to get someplace on time, looking for those keys and sunglasses, same thing with the shoes, placing them in a basket is an easy solution to keeping things picked up and orderly looking. When you add things like the hooks basket and bowl, it makes it so your entry will be organized.
These are quick things that you can do and get this or organization underway quickly. Thank you for listening to this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Don’t forget about the contest. There’s only a few days left. This contest is only going on until the end of April. So if you are wanting a one-on-one coaching session with me, you can head over and book one right now by clicking on the link in the podcast description, or you can enter to win a free coaching session by submitting a review on the podcast review section and leaving your full name with that so that I can identify you and contact you. If you are the winner, you only have a couple more days because this contest ends at the end of April. If you’re wanting to have a chance at winning that coaching session, go ahead and leave that review now, and you will be entered to win. Thanks again for listening. And I will meet you back here later in the week for another episode of the intentional edit podcast
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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