January 10, 2014
Ah winter, how the boiling hot summer has made me miss you. Everything about winter is just perfect…except maybe the part where it takes my family twenty minutes to find their layers upon layers of snow gear and put it on. And then the part where they trail in all the melted snow and then leave a mountain of damp gloves, scarves, jackets, boots and socks in the front entry way. Everything beside that is perfect…mostly.
Well the cluttered mess that you have accepted as your “winter front door”, is no more. This year is going to be different. We have a few tips to help you get organized and prepare your home for these cold months ahead.
- First thing’s first, declutter. Summer is over, which means no longer do you need that pile of flip flops or any other summer gear hanging around by the front door. You’re going to need as much space as possible to efficiently set up this area for winter.
- Purchase new rugs for your front door. Rugs serve many purposes, the most important being that they give your family and guests a place to wipe melted snow off of their shoes to prevent slipping and falling. Secondly, rugs will protect your floors from water, dirt, mud, slush and anything else that could potentially ruin them.
- Arrange a bench or chairs by the front door. We don’t usually stop to think about it, but having a place to sit down when you’re trying to remove, or put on, your shoes makes things much easier.
- Create storage areas. There are many different styles of storage to choose from: cubbies, baskets, drawers, bins, racks or whatever else you can think of. This will provide your family with places to put their gloves, hats, scarves and shoes. Now winter accessories will have a designated spot and finding them will be easier than ever. To make it even easier, you could either label and give each family member their own bin, or have a bin for each type of accessory. For example: Hats, Gloves, Scarves etc.
- Hang hooks or get a coat rack. This will create a space where you family can hang their coats and backpacks after school or work. Air circulation is much better in an open area, rather than a closet. So if your kids are coming home soaking wet their jackets can hang up and dry without getting musty.
With these tips, you no longer have to overlook your messy entry way or waste time searching the entire house for the missing glove. Another perk is not having to worry about germs and bacteria breeding on the damp pile of clothes. Families are happier and healthier when they are decluttered and clean.
If you are among the many families that just don’t seem to have the time to maintain your home on a daily or even weekly basis, let the professionals here at Green Apple help. Our staff is trained and experienced in proper home cleaning and our methods are nontoxic and safe for families. Visit our website and give us a call today, greenappleclean.ca.