Fall Sweep - Day 7 : 20 Things You Don't Need In Your Entryway

Your entryway might be the last spot you think needs decluttering and, if you live in a small space, you probably don't have a proper entryway at all. But this area of your home, more than likely, works really hard to keep you life running smoothly. Every once in a while, it's good to do a deep declutter on your "welcome home" spot" - be it a foyer, a section of the kitchen counter, or a well-placed set of hooks.



Do a 20-minute decluttering sweep of your entryway area.

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We did this on Monday with the living room, but here’s a recap of how a room sweep works: Set a timer for 20 minutes and head to your entryway area. Be it a foyer, mudroom, counter, console, or wall area—you're targeting whatever room or spot in your home that acts as a reception when you come home each day. You may also want to grab a laundry basket or a box or something similar. If 20 minutes feels like more time than you need, feel free to set your timer for 10 minutes, or whatever feels right to you.
While the clock is counting down, look for anything that’s trash, doesn't belong there, or is just ready for a new home and gather it all up into your basket. When the timer stops, return everything to its proper home, or into trash, recycling, or your "sell and donate boxes" from day one.


  • console table tops
  • shelves
  • drawers
  • inside cubbies or baskets
  • hooks and coat racks
  • the coat closet
  • inside your totes and bags


  1. backpacks, handbags and purses
  2. shoes and boots
  3. coats and jackets
  4. scarves, gloves, and hats
  5. umbrellas
  6. sunglasses and sunglass cases
  7. commuter cards and other gear
  8. bike helmets and bike locks
  9. other sporting gear
  10. old mail
  11. magazines
  12. matches and lighters
  13. extra keys
  14. cords and phone chargers
  15. makeup and hair accessories
  16. plant care supplies
  17. leashes and other pet supplies
  18. things waiting to be taken away or returned
  19. things you dropped there on your way in
  20. any other trash

Don't forget to clear 3 things from your monster zone.



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