Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring Cleaning- Week 1, Entry Area

Welcome to Week 1 of Spring Cleaning! I am excited to get started, how about you? This week we will be working on the Entry Area.

Your Entry Area is the area that all of your guests enter into your home. Where do they take their shoes off and jackets off? Where do you greet them? THIS is the Entry Area.

This Area should be welcoming! This is their first impression of your home! And of YOU! Is there a place that they can easy put coats? Shoes? What about someone who needs to sit and put on shoes? Can they do that in this area? (I remember when I was pregnant, if I didn't have slip-on shoes, I HAD to sit to get my shoes on, cuz I couldn't see then otherwise!) How is your organization?

  • Coats~ Rid through your coats, what are you wearing right now? Are you ready to put away those winter coats? If you are, get those washed up and put away (somewhere else, like an unused closet or basement area). Get out those spring jackets, wash them up if needed. May be put away those gloves and hats??? Wash them up too. We won't be putting away our winter coats yet, but I will be washing up coats, hats, gloves, and pulling out some Spring jackets getting them ready! Woot!

  • Sweep, wipe down, dust... (I know around the "kid level" on our doors, seems a little dirtier then on other places on the door, Clean it!)

  • Wash any rugs. Shake them out outside, then throw them in the wash! Or get new ones, if needed...

  • Reorganize! Use baskets, tubs, shelves, hooks, etc to get everything back into a "working" order. Look at your room with "fresh eyes". Act like you are walking into that area, like if you were a guest. Does it look cluttered? Fix it!

  • Clean Windows, spray off screens, etc.
  • Everything working??? If something needs fixed, fix it today! If it needs thrown out, do it!
  • Decorate. Does your area need to say more "Hello!" than "good-bye..."? Make this area as warm and welcoming as possible!
Our entry area need BIG TIME work. We have tried different things to try to organize, but it is still an unfinished room. So, it still, to me, seems unwelcoming. It's always embarrassing to see the cluttered mess of barn boots, winter boots, tennis shoes, dress shoes, barn coats, good coats, backpacks and more... It's always muddy (I hope it's mud, it COULD be poop...I suppose), and we are constantly trying to mop it up. Time to put the thinking cap on!

Here is what our entry looks like today:


Needs work, is an understatement! So, it time to get crackin!

I would love if you would join me! If you can, link up! Share pics and ideas you have. If you don't have a blog, at least leave a comment and tell us you are Spring Cleaning too! And don't forget to join us again on Friday for the end results!


Jen said...

I am going to do this... I may even paint. I'm going to take my pics right now.

Are you painting?

Sarah said...

Jen- I am HOPING to get some major things done this week... Like, we want to put almost like a bead-board up on the walls. The contractor (3 years ago!) was supposed to come back and finish, but never did! SO now we have unfinished drywall. So, I am hoping to put the bead-board up and paint that! Also, flooring! Right now it is concrete with a piece of linoleum covering part of it... :( So, I have LOTS of work this week. :P

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

This is great! Thank you so much, Sarah!

Faithful Mali said...

I'm going to join you! Thanks so much for organizing this. It seems so overwhelming (spring cleaning), but you've broken it down in a way that seems do-able (9is that a word?).

Faithful Mali said...

Oh, Sarah, I also wanted to say that I think you should make it so we can put your spring cleaning button on our own blogs to (or can we already and I just don't know how?). Thanks :)

Sarah said...

Mali- Just right click on the image and then ""save image" or "save image to" (something like that!), and then you can save it in YOUR file, then add it to your blog. Feel free to use it!

Thanks for the question!

Megan said...

I'm cheering you all on, but sitting this one out since I just did this and painted everything a few months ago!!!

Have fun!! I will be doing some organizing and getting things ready for a huge garage sale tho!!

Melissa said...

I have never linked up for anything before, but thought that this was the perfect one to start with. I hope I did everything right! Anyway, I have 4 entrances in my house and I'm going to do my best to get at least 2 in shape this week. Here goes nothing!

Debbie said...

You could not have chosen a greater place to start! What a nice way to keep up the motivation by starting with the welcoming room (or the mud room as we rightly call it here, too. Lots of snow still here for quite a while longer).

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

I'm am taking up this challenge, though I'm calling it Autumn Cleaning.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the compliments... I guess your best ideas rise out of a need you have for yourself! I hate being stuck inside trying to clean on a beautiful Spring day, when I could be outside!

I also dread seeing the sun "shining" off of my dirty- fingerprinted walls! (You know from about 3 foot down?!)

I am happy to see you all get good use out of our time also! Thanks again for all the participation!

I Am Wonderfully Made said...

How is everyone doing on week 1 of the challenge?? I have yet to start... =/ I'm GOING to get it done this week though!!!

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

I spent just 20 minutes in the entry yesterday, the difference is unbelievable. Added shots to my blog, please take a look