This is a fun one, folks! And I know many of you have been excited to see what it entails.
One of the key elements of a Slow Home is a clearly defined, efficient entry point to your house. Sounds simple enough. Everyone has a door at the front of their house, right?
True enough. But the entryway and landing strip are both much more than that, and each has its own specific role to play in a slow, simple home. Together they act as a filter for your home, designed to catch unwanted clutter before it makes it into the house itself.
A Good Entryway:
- is inviting, uncluttered and highly usable
- has somewhere to hang coats, hats, umbrellas, work and nappy bags, raincoats and dog leashes
- has a seat for putting on and removing shoes
A Good Landing Strip:
- is an uncluttered flat surface (a shelf, console table, hallstand)
- provides somewhere specific and neat for your keys, purse, wallet, phone
- gives you somewhere to place your unopened mail
- provides space to open, sort and file mail
By designing an efficient entryway/landing strip, you’re setting your home up to be organised and clutter-free.
Some Tips for Creating a Landing Strip That Works for You:
- What works for you may not work for others – this is designed to function best for you, your home and the people who live in it.
- While the examples in the video below all use just one area for both the entryway and landing strip, you can easily split the two. In our home, we have the entryway and a hallstand that acts as a landing strip, but a mail sorting/filing area is separate. It’s close to the admin area/computer area which means actioning, filing or recycling can happen immediately. That’s just what works for us. Find what works for you.
- There are great benefits to designing this space well, the most important part is to train yourself to use whatever system you set up. Put your keys, handbag and phone in their designated spot, sort the mail immediately (when possible) and keep your umbrellas, jackets and hats in the same place.
VIDEO: Something a Little Different
Via video (Hello, hello!) I’ll take you through some images of well-designed entryways. And then I will show you through our front hall/landing strip area, to give ideas on how you could put the ideas into practice.
Let’s Put this Info to Use:
- Over the next few days, spend 5-10 minutes decluttering your entryway. To kickstart it, you can do a clutter-bust, removing anything and everything that has no place there.
- Once it’s clear, see what furniture is already available or in place. It’s most likely that you can adapt what you already have, rather than racing off to buy extra furniture.
- Identify somewhere for hanging storage, preferably close to the front door, but out of sight. If you don’t have any, it may be a good time to put up some hooks. These don’t need to be special – even those removable 3M ones will do (although they do lack imagination). Check Pinterest for cheap DIY options.
- Nominate a drop zone. This is now the home of your keys, wallet and phone. If you’re not using them, they should be here.
- If it works, this can also be a place for opening, sorting, recycling and filing mail. In our house that doesn’t work so I deal with the mail elsewhere.