31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Entryway (Day 2)

SAY HELLO to 2018!

From now until the end of January, you can save 18% on almost everything in the shop, and get free shipping in the US for orders above $50! Get all the details HERE.

Days to a Clutter Free Life Challenge | Printable Ground Rules | Clutter Free | Home Management | Entry Way

Day 2: Entryway 

What better place to start our challenge than at the first place we see when we walk in? I don’t know how it works in your home, but that area right inside our front door tends to be the dumping ground for everything—shoes, purses, backpacks, umbrellas, lunchboxes, school papers, random toys and pretty much anything else that comes through our door. Thus, it is a little disheartening to walk inside and immediately see a pile of clutter!

Today’s assignment will help clear the clutter that tends to pile up in this zone and instead help create a clear, organized, and super-functional space that sets the standard for a clutter-free home.

Objective: A clear entryway that sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Assess the space: What needs to stay, what needs to go? Do we use it here? Does it have a home here? Is this the most convenient space for this object to stay.

Days to a Clutter Free Life Challenge | Printable Ground Rules | Clutter Free | Home Management | Entry Way

{Get Day 2 De-cluttering Checklist Here}



1. Clear the unnecessary-Get rid of anything that does not belong in this area or add to the functionality of this area.

2. Create space for the necessary:

  • Shoes/Boots—consider using a pretty shoe rack, baskets, or boot tray to store and contain the shoes or boots that tend to collect in this area.
  • Coats—make sure the coat closet is free and clear of clutter and contains sturdy hangers for hanging coats. If there is not closet, provide sturdy hooks or a free-standing coat rack.
  • Purses/Backpacks—sturdy hooks on the wall or placed on the back of a coat closet door make ideal storage for purses and backpacks.
  • Keys—small hooks, a pretty bowl, or an actual key rack are perfect for eliminating misplaced keys.
  • Umbrellas—a pretty umbrella stand or even a tall, sturdy vase is ideal for storing umbrellas until you need them.
  • Collection basket or baskets—it is handy to have a basket or set of baskets right at the entry to store and collect any stray items that need to be put away.


Days to a Clutter Free Life Challenge | Printable Ground Rules | Clutter Free | Home Management | Entry Way

1. Pretty entry with bench (
2. Family entry with numbered cubbies and hooks (
3. Entry with shoe storage, bench, and hooks (
4. Creating a pseudo-entry with coat rack and table (
5. Hall closet converted to entry (



  1. October 2 at 09:21AM

    Thank you so much for hosting this fun party, Ruth – and for featuring my entryway! Such an honor! Have a great week!

  2. Katlin S.
    October 2 at 11:13AM

    I am doing your 31 Day Challenge along with A Bowl Full Of Lemons 31 Day Purge. Hopefully, by October 31st, I will have one spectacular home! Question: I don’t have the funds or purchase things like a console table, cute baskets/bins, etc.. Any suggestions on how I can create a nice entryway, anyway?

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 2 at 11:22AM

      That’s a great question Katlin! Do you have any tables or furniture in other areas of your home that you could possibly move around? You could also check out Craigslist or Ikea for an inexpensive options, or if you or someone you know is fairly handy, you could even try building a simple shelf with hooks or a simple console table. Ana White has some great free plans:

      • JackieWPiatt
        November 26 at 11:52PM

        Dollar Tree has some great storage baskets for a $1. I use them throughout my kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. For $20 you can have enough to maintain numerous spaces!

    • April
      October 2 at 07:47PM

      Kaitlyn, I’m ne same boat with money. 🙂 Sometimes I think it makes it harder to get rid of things knowing you can’t buy new things or replace things. I have found that dollar tree has lots of containers and buns and baskets. They are had cute as pier one or other sites but they are functional and only one dollar. I also got sets of his for coats and dress ups. You might want to look into it. 🙂 Good luck!

    • April
      October 2 at 07:48PM

      Sorry I spelled your name wrong. I couldn’t see the spelling on my phone.

      • October 2 at 08:44PM

        That is so, true April! It can be harder to get rid of things when you know you can’t buy new stuff. Also, I second your recommendation to try Dollar Tree. They have great containers for only $1.

    • jennifer
      October 3 at 01:08PM

      To get by until you can get your “ideal” storage, you could use regular cardboard boxes covered in paper or even fabric. I saw once somebody covered diaper size boxes with fabric and they were super cute!

    • Rebekah
      October 19 at 01:22AM

      I recommend checking for a Buy Nothing Facebook Group for your area. In this group, you can post for things you want to find or give away, as well as see what personhood area are in search of or giving.

  3. tisha
    October 2 at 11:52AM

    I signed up to be part of the challenge but I have not yet started receiving emails. I signed up on the 28th i think and confirmed the email that was sent to me. Am I supposed to be seint emails? I singed up again just now just in case.

    I love your blog!!!


  4. Cheryle
    October 2 at 01:52PM

    Hi Ruth – I signed up for the daily emails for the challenge, received the confirmation email, a few test emails in Sept, but nothing yet in October. Where do I go from here? Do I need to sign up again? Thanks.

  5. susanjayn
    October 2 at 01:55PM

    i rec’d day 1 email but not day 2 so i signed up again…i see other people are having similar there something wrong on LWSL end? Mahalo for your blog!

  6. October 2 at 03:16PM

    Hi there! I just joined the challenge, I hope I didn’t miss anything. If I miss anything about the challenge, can you send it to me? Thank You!! (sorry for bad english)

  7. Caryn
    October 2 at 03:30PM

    Ack I forgot to take the pick I was too excited. But we really don’t have an entry way. There is an end table with drawers that has my husband’s charging station and had a ton of pens in a ceramic planter that is really too short. Tosses out a ton of old business cards and just junk. Everything ends up on the dining room table that is right there when you walk in. My husband puts his shoes and work clothes on the back of the chair which I don’t mind until he forgets to bring them up the stairs, but my purse collects there, mail, and any other items whatever they may be, my laptop, art work, projects, etc.

  8. April
    October 2 at 04:50PM

    So we live in a condo with a great room that blends the entry way, living room (aka playroom), dining room and kitchen. We do keep the kids shoes and socks at the front door I had been toying with the idea of putting some hooks for coats but think maybe that’s too much for the living room. I tell myself that it’s not too hard to walk costs and purses to the hall closet but that’s never where they end up. I’d love thoughts or suggestions for small spaces.

  9. Anonymous
    October 2 at 05:29PM

    Hi there. I received day one in my email but not day two? I was wondering if your email system is down? Please let me know. I notices the kindle version is for purchase but I would like to do the daily emails. Thanks!!

  10. Mel
    October 3 at 07:21AM

    I found your day 2 email in my junk folder of my inbox. It was only available as a HTML link, no message attached. Day 3 came to my inbox so hopefully you’ve fixed the problem.

  11. October 6 at 04:57PM

    Thanks for the awesome checklists Ruth! I finally got my day 2 finished. I was wasting time trying to make my entryway perfect and I finally realized that if I wanted to finish the checklist, I was going to have to get creative and just get on with it. I am looking forward to applying more focus to the coming challenges!


Leave a Comment