Today we shift focus to disciplines that can be performed seasonally.
The mudroom or entry area of a home takes a beating. Every day, items are dumped inside, and it doesn’t take long for it to turn into a mess. While it isn’t necessary to clear this space every day, it does make sense to give it a thorough decluttering every couple of months. The change of seasons tends to usher in new items, so this is a logical time to get things in order.
To be most effective, take everything out of the space into a hallway or nearby room. While the space is empty, wipe down the shelves and vacuum the floor. You will probably run across some trash/recycling, so go ahead and dispose of this. Most of the items you removed probably belong in the mudroom, so these can now be returned to the drawers, bins, shelves hangers and hooks. Supplies for the “off season” can either be reloaded (if there is space), or can be stored remotely until they are needed.
The majority of what remains likely should live somewhere else in the house. For example, a screwdriver that never made it back to the toolbox, or a pashmina that really belongs on a shelf in the master closet. You might even come across some mail or paperwork. Lots of possessions get forgotten when they end up on the bottom of a pile, so now is the time to unearth them and get them back where they belong. As little as an afternoon in this small room can make a world of difference!
When is the last time you refreshed your mudroom or entry?