Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Best Organizing Tips for Your Front Door

Organizing doesn't have to be hard. Attacking it just a little bit at a time is the best way to approach it. And, the dividends you will receive by having a neat and organized home (and life) will far outweigh the time you spent on these organizing tips. Ready - lets get started!

Today's topic - Best Organizing tips for outside your front door.

This is a sad, sad sight.
No matter what season it is, I'm sure the area by your front door is looking a bit tired. So here's what has to be done at my house, and probably yours too. Time to Organize!

  1. give your front stoop, porch, steps, whatever a really good sweep. Get rid of all the debris.
  2. get a new door mat if needed. This is the best defense against tracking dirt into your home, so make sure it's earning it's keep. In the list of priorities for a door mat, grabbing dirt from your shoes is first, looking great is second.
  3. take a close look at the door surround. Is it chipped in places? Does it need some touch up? If so, break out the touch up paint.
  4. how about the door hardware? I just noticed that my storm door handle is missing almost all of it's black paint. Doesn't that send a warm and welcoming hello to everyone..... 
  5. what's hanging on your front door? Make it something cheerful. Be sure to change it with the seasons (that's only 4 times a year, not too much to ask). And make sure it is flat. There's nothing worse then being assaulted by a cumbersome wreath or flower arrangement when trying to pass the front door. Flat rules.
  6. clean any glass on the door or storm door. Best method - use a squeegee. It gets all the dirt and grime off in one sweep so you don't have to keep going over the same area. Here are the full directions http://www.factsfacts.com/MyHomeRepair/WashingWindows.htm
  7. How's the mailbox look? Take care of any needed maintenance. Same goes for the door bell or door knocker. And if your doorbell isn't working, get it fixed immediately! Bad karma.....
  8. If you have room, put something decorative by the front door. Maybe a pot of flowers if it ever gets warm enough, maybe a box or bucket guests can put their wet umbrellas in. Just make sure you don't take up so much room that it's difficult to get in the door. Simplicity is the key word here. And always. 
That's it! You front door area should look more welcoming now. Free of clutter, usable and welcoming. What more could you ask for?

Well, if you are asking for more organizing tips, find more in my Book, 30 Days to an Organized Home, by clicking on the title. Also available on Kindle.

 be organized!.....evelyn

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