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Why Your Entryway Should Be the First Place You Declutter

A lamp and orchids sit on a table in a foyer.
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Getting started on your declutter is arguably the most difficult part. However, breaking things down room by room might make the daunting process seem easier. Where should you start first?

According to Jane Stoller, founder of Organized Jane and author of Decluttering for Dummiesyour foyer or entryway is where you should begin.

You’re probably thinking Stoller recommends this area because it’s the first thing people see, and that’s certainly not a bad reason, but it’s not the founder and author’s position. Stoller said the entryway is the most likely area to get cluttered because it’s high traffic.

Stoller cites people’s tendency to drop things off in this space. Items like keys, masks, shoes, purses, wallets, and junk mail can all accumulate on surfaces making for a cluttered mess as soon as you enter your home. She adds that the clutter can be particularly problematic for larger families. Those with children might have school work or sporting equipment added into the mix.

The space also shouldn’t be as labor-intensive as another common clutter magnet, the closet. Instead of attacking that scary space first, you can build momentum with the smaller entryway clutter and get started on the right foot before moving on to other areas of your home.

Just in case you’re worried about your entryway or foyer becoming cluttered again, you can always consider a home drop zone.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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