31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Day 2

31 Days to a Clutter Free LifeThis month, I am following along with Living Well Spending Less‘s 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life!  Day 1 (yesterday) laid out the ground rules, and if you are ready to do some serious clutter-cutting I urge you to head on over and check it out.  It is not to late to get caught up!

Today is Day 2 of the challenge and we were instructed to tackle entryways.  We actually have two entryways at our house.  We have our main entryway at our front door and our mudroom/laundry room off the garage.  The latter is where the family typically enters the home since it is off of the garage.  So I tackled both.

First a few before photos.

This is the main entryway.  It is usually pretty free from clutter because we don’t take shoes or jackets off here and there aren’t any tables in the space.  As you can see, however, a few toys have made their way there and a couple of baby gates usually end up leaning against the wall instead of in the closet.

This is one of my biggest tips to keeping an entry way clutter free: don’t have any surfaces if you don’t absolutely need them.  Console tables are super cute, but can be a clutter magnet.  If you must have one because you don’t have a closet for storing entryway items, you’ve got to be diligent about preventing it from being a catchall.

Entry Way - Before

Main entry - Before


This is the back entryway (laundry/mudroom).  This space is used constantly, so there is always something not put away.  I hang-dry laundry here, and I washed diapers last night so I have diaper covers hanging to dry.  I wash diapers 2-3 times a week, so this is a regular occurrence.  But they do get put away quickly – otherwise we’d have no diapers upstairs when we need them!  There are a few other things not quite in their homes as well – laundry basket, kitty litter container, plastic bin (I use that for pre-soaking laundry when necessary).

Laundry Room - Before

We’ve also got a row of hooks here that often ends up with too many jackets and hoodies hanging on it.  Last winter it actually fell off the wall because of all the weight (and it is installed with drywall anchors)!  So I decided to make a new rule: each family member gets one hook.  There are 4 of us and 4 hooks.  Also, each family member can have 1 jacket, 1 hoodie, and 1 bag.  The bag is really for Little Miss S’s school bag (which is very small).  We all wear hoodies all the time, so that is a must.  Today alone I counted FIVE hoodies on there that belong to my husband.  With that much stuff hanging on those four hooks, it just gets to be overcrowded and CLUTTERED.  Extra jackets and coats can be hung in the main entryway closet where there is plenty of room.

So new rules starting today: Each Family Member Gets 1 hook, 1 jacket, 1 hoodie, 1 bag.

Laundry Room - Before


Here are my after photos.

Main entry: as you can see I put the baby gates and toys away.  It really does make a big difference, just having those gates put away.  We hardly ever even use them, so I am going to make a much better effort of keeping them in the closet.  The one in the box has never even been used!  It is getting donated.  A non-profit organization that I volunteer for is having a HUGE secondhand sale at the end of this month, so LOTS of things will probably be getting donated for that throughout this process.

Another decluttering tip of mine is that if you don’t absolutely need the money – donate your stuff rather than sell it.  Selling it takes time and not only keeps the stuff around cluttering up your home, keeping track of your stuff that is for sale can really add to mental clutter.  

Main Entry - After


Main Entry - After

Main Entry - After


Laundry/Mudroom After: I put all of the laundry away, pushed the kitty litter pail back between the cart and the washer, put the plastic bin away, hung all of the extra hoodies in the main entryway closet, put Little Miss S’s shoes away, and picked up the random pieces of dirty laundry that were on the floor and put them in a hamper upstairs.

Laundry/Mudroom - After{If you are wondering what that black mat is, it is a rubber mat to stop my old, beat up washer from “walking”.  The repairman says that the motor is just old and that he could repair it but it would cost as much as I paid for the washer!  It still washes fine and now it doesn’t “walk” backward into my shelf anymore.  That’ll just have to do until we are willing to splurge on a beautiful new water/energy efficient front-loader. 🙂 }

Laundry/Mudroom - After

I also swept both spaces and wiped down the washer, dryer, and shelves in the laundry room.  I didn’t think to tackle the closets like Jesenia at Latina Homemaker.  I really should have because I feel like today’s challenge was too easy!  The closets are pretty well organized though, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

I’m anxious to see what is in store tomorrow!  If you’d like to get on board, head on over to Living Well Spending Less and sign up to have each day’s challenge sent right to your email – and let me know how you’re doing with your own 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life!!


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