Entryway organizing is essential if you want to eliminate backpack, shoe, and sports equipment clutter and make quick school-day exits a snap.
Whatever the season, we always need something as we head out the door, and gratefully drop those same things off in the entryway upon our return.
In the winter, it's gloves, hats and scarves. In the summer, it's sunglasses, raincoats, and hats.
Look at what your family brings in and takes out daily, and then design a place for it. It doesn't have to be expensive - it just needs to do the job of storing everyone's stuff. These entryway organizing tips can help.
Give each member of the family a small basket or bin to store the items that they always seem to need as they go out the door.
Put big plastic bins of different colors near the door to capture backpacks, shoes, and more. Assign a color for each child.
Busy families need lots of stuff: backpacks, saxophones, tennis rackets, swim goggles, etc. And they need a place to stash it until they need it again.
You do not want this stuff sitting by the back door for little ones to trip over.
Ideally, the kids would walk over to their designated wall hook or pegboard and hang their backpack on the appropriate peg. Then, they would walk over to the bin that's there just for the balls and insert the soccer ball.
Avoid conflict and crashes and give them each a bin or a space on the shelf that's just for their stuff. Consider making the space big enough for their backpacks, too.
Tell your kids that they have to empty the bin or shelf once a week. But they do have that week's grace period.
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