The entryway is an important space; it is the first glimpse visitors get into your home and it is your portal into the outside world! Creating a comfortable and practical space for your family is beneficial to everyone – it helps to have an organized space to start your day! Maintaining a clean and organized entryway is not always easy, so here are 5 tips to keep your entryway clean and clear.
Protect Your Floors
If you have hardwood or linoleum in your entry it is a good idea to place a runner or entry mat down to protect your floors from tracked in dirt, mud, rainwater, and salty snow. This will protect the flooring beneath and reduce the amount of cleaning you must do in the area. When it comes time to clean the runner or entry mat be sure to call Modernistic and ask about our area rug cleaning service!
If you have carpeting in your entry we recommend a different alternative. Unfortunately, long term use of a runner or doormat can flatten out your carpet’s fibers, which can lead to permanent damage!
Instead of covering the carpet with something that could risk damaging the fibers, we recommend you protect the area with an application of 3M Scotchgard. It’s the perfect way to keep your entryway clean. After an application of 3M Scotchgard, your carpet fibers have an extra layer of protection against dirt particles and even water! 3M Scotchgard will actually cause liquid to bead up on the surface, giving you extra time to clean up spills.
Organize Your Shoes
If you find that your entry stores most of your family’s shoes, consider buying a plastic boot tray. Many stores sell decorative plastic trays, and some even carry wooden boot trays! This collects all the dirt and debris that fall off shoes and ends up on the floor.
Boot trays are so easy to clean too: just clear off the shoes, shake it off outside, and wipe it down with hot water and soap!
It can also be beneficial to have a “no shoes in the house” rule. You would be surprised how much dirt can come into a home on shoes that, to the naked eye, appear clean!
Utilize Wall Space
If you don’t have a good space for coats, hats, and scarves, then create one! Find hooks that you like and hang them on an open wall. If you have small children, consider 2 rows of hooks, one higher up and one lower for the kiddos to reach. Your kids will love that they have their own spot for their things.
Good Storage Goes a Long Way
Flat surfaces tend to collect clutter, so make sure everything has its place! Put a decorative bowl in the entryway to collect keys, change, hair ties, and other tiny items. If you have open wall space in your entry, a mirror with hooks can brighten up the area – and gives you a chance to check your appearance before you walk out the door!
Use shoe cubbies or baskets to keep shoes out of the way and organized. Storage benches provide a good place to sit and put your shoes on, and can even provide quite a bit of storage. These can be useful for storing winter hats and scarves in the summertime!
Keep Cleaning Supplies Within Reach
It can be hard to maintain a clean entryway with kids and pets and friends going in and out of the area all day. In order to keep your entryway clean, it has to be convenient to clean! Keep a spray solution and a roll of paper towels tucked away nearby. After your family returns home each day, a quick wipe down of surfaces and handles will really do wonders in maintaining the area. And it’s always nice to have the paper towels nearby to combat any muddy paw or footprints!
What works for one home may not work for yours, but basic organization can go a long way towards reducing mess! Look for storage solutions that work best for your needs. Setting a standard for no shoes in the house is one of the best things you can do to maintain cleanliness. Regular carpet cleaning and area rug cleaning combined with your “no shoes” rule will go a long way to keep your entryway clean and clear! All these things combined will leave you feeling awesome about your entryway, whether you are coming home or heading out the door!