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5 Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Entryway

5 Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Entryway

Several years ago, before I had decluttered my stuff and organized my space, I had quite the embarrassing morning. I was working in a school at the time, about a half hour away from where I lived, and as I was trying to get out the door, I realized that I couldn't find my keys to save my life.

Until that morning, it was normal for me to shuffle around for 5-7 minutes longer than I thought I'd need, gathering all of my stuff as I headed out the door. My keys were always floating around somewhere, and I'd have to look around to find them, and most days I did.

That morning, however, I turned the house upside down looking for these keys for about 15 minutes before I realized that I needed to call the school and let them know I was going to be late. It must have been 45 minutes before I finally found my keys, and the experience taught me a life lesson: designate one spot for your keys.

Many people need their keys to leave the house and get to work. Other things can, and do, get left behind if it takes too long to find them.

What if it didn't have to be like that?

Work from Home? Why You Need a Dedicated Workspace

Work from Home? Why You Need a Dedicated Workspace

You've been deep into your work when you happen to notice the time. Oh man, you didn't mean to be working this late! Where did the time go? You need to put dinner on/ walk the dog/ pick up the kids. 

You're in the middle of something, but you have no choice. You'll have to pick up where you left off later. The problem? Your work stuff is spread out all over the dining room table. 

You have a few options. You can choose to put your stuff away now, and be late for whatever you need to do. You can choose to put your stuff away later, when it's time to sit down for dinner, risk shuffling things around and disrupt the flow of your evening. Or you can choose to leave stuff out and forgo dinner at the table.

Work-life balance is often an issue for people who work from home. It can be hard to find when your work stuff is literally, physically in the way of the rest of your life. 

The Easiest Way to Organize Papers

The Easiest Way to Organize Papers

You get home at the end of the day and before you come inside, you stop to check the mail.

You come in, you set things down. You might forget about it for awhile. But at some point, you sort through it and find yourself a bit stressed.

Sure, identifying and recycling the junk mail is easy enough. But what about that financial statement? That insurance notification? Do you keep this invoice?

You just want these papers out of your face sooner rather than later, but you’re hesitant to just toss things because you fear losing something important. 

Maybe you place them somewhere like on top of your filing cabinet thinking you’ll file them “later,” when you have the time and energy to decipher your filing system. But that pile’s been growing for some time now - and eventually you’ll stuff it away somewhere in your filing cabinet wherever you can make some space. 

The biggest challenge for organizing papers is keeping every paper out of a fear of needing it someday.