– Hi there, it's Laurahere from I Heart Planners and today I'm gonna take you along as I declutter my entryway slash mudroom.
This area has just beenpiling up with junk for a couple of weeks, as it tends to do.
The entries of our home oftenjust are the dumping ground for whatever, and so I'mjust gonna take you through and show you how I declutterit and put everything away.
And I would actually highlyencourage you to go ahead and declutter something whileyou're watching this video.
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(bright music) All right, so let's dive in.
As you can see, thisarea is a bit of a mess.
It's been accumulatingfor a while and we're just gonna get started with decluttering it.
I think I'm gonna work from the top down.
There's a lot of stuff thatdoesn't belong in here.
So we're gonna start with the purses.
So, this is a purse thathas been hanging there probably for four monthsand I haven't used it.
I actually don't love how narrow it is.
It's hard to get things in and out, so I don't think I'm gonna use this again.
So I'm gonna go ahead andtoss this into the donate bin.
Okay, next purse.
This one actually has stuffin it, and oh should I save? I really like this color, I like the size.
Right now I'm using a really small purse, so I think this is one I coulduse, so it's worth saving.
There is probably somejunk in here that could be thrown away like areceipt, random Altoids, so I need to go ahead andget some stuff thrown away.
Ooh, I found a money.
You never know when youdeclutter when you might find a dollar bill, so itdefinitely pays to declutter.
All right, so this I'm gonnaput with my extra purses in my closet, so I'mjust gonna set it aside and it'll be taken up to my closet.
Next, I have this little purse.
I have another little pursethat I like much better.
So there is no reason for me to keep this.
And as I look through it, Isee there's nothing in it.
So I've already taken everything out.
So, this one is gonna gettossed into the donate bin.
This is literal just, somethingI need to return to someone.
This part, the actuallanyard is not necessary, but this needs to be returned.
So I'm gonna make a littlepile of stuff that I need to return to people, and wewill open up this trash bag.
When you're decluttering, you should always have a trash bag handy.
Next up, we have this coat.
So, we have another coatcloset but we don't use it very much because weactually turned it into our craft closet, so thisis really where all of our coats go, but this is notmy husband's everyday coat right now, it's really a rain jacket.
So I think this could bebetter for now in his closet that has plenty of space than taking up prime real estate inthe winter right here.
So I'm gonna put it with the purse that's gonna go to our bedroom.
Next we have this reusable bag.
It needs to be foldedup properly and really we keep these in our carso that when we go to Aldi and shop we have our bags with us.
So I'm gonna toss it over on the table so that I can get it folded up.
I actually love these bags so much.
Then you do like this.
They can fold down smallenough to fit in your purse.
Since this one hasn'tbeen folded in a while because Jason never foldsthem and I always do.
I like folding them.
Do that, this, and then you go like this.
Had these for years.
And then they snap so they stay.
And there's even a littlecarrying case for one of them.
Next, this is my daughter's preschool bag.
This needs to stay, I'm double checking that there's nothing extra in there.
We usually keep it in the car.
She was off school recentlywhich is why it's out here, so I'm just gonna hang it on the door handle and go put it in the car.
We want to make sure she alwayshas it when she needs it.
Here's another one of the reusable bags that I need to fold up, and what do you know? We have a couple more bags in here.
They fold up really tiny.
And so we'll fold these up and put them in the car where they belong.
Next up, we have a bag.
Tote bags are trickybecause I do use them, they're useful, but inexcess, they just go a little overboard and I feel like I have enough so I'm just going to declutter this one.
This is one of my daughter's coats that she actually wears pretty frequently, so we're just gonna hang it right up.
These are Command hooks by the way.
These large ones willhold up to 12 pounds.
Like we've held a little twostep step-stool on it before and even heavy coats will be fine.
This holds up to five pounds.
So my daughter's smaller coatis fine on a hook like that.
This is my son's coat;however, I think this is not, like I think this is anadditional coat for him.
He has a heavy winter coat, and so he doesn't really use this one, so I'm gonna put it down with the stuff to go to our bedrooms.
He has plenty of roomin his closet, but here is prime real estate so I don'twant this taking up space.
This is my big, heavy winter coat.
I wear it all the time, so it's going to stay.
And these two places arefor my son and daughter, they're not here right now sothey have their winter coats with them, but I want thisspace for their winter coats.
And I have had an idea, I may try this.
One thing I don't like aboutthis, my son and daughter are five and three, and theycan't put up their own coats.
They have to give it to me to put up.
So even though it's not ascute, I'm thinking about putting up Command hookslike really down low so that even though it'snot as nice looking, it would be really nice if they were able to put up their own coat, they can easily put up their own shoes, so we may try that, and it'll also free up some space up here.
All right we have more tote bags.
That's why I got rid of the other one.
And oh my goodness, who knew? There's food in this one.
I think we went to thechildren's museum recently.
So we're gonna go throwthese snacks in the pantry because there's no reasonto have them in there.
They're still good, they'rein Ziploc bags and it's only a couple weeks ago sincewe went to the museum.
So let's throw these here inthe snack bin in the pantry.
And this will actually be handy next time we need to go somewhereif I want to grab a snack, they're already packaged up for me and then this is almost empty, we just have some wipes, and we'll go ahead andput those with the snacks because we would want to takethose wherever to take snacks.
And then we have this bag empty.
I am gonna keep thisin here because I think storing these in the entryway is helpful because you never knowlike if you're going on a little day trip oryou just need a tote bag for something, so I'll keep this.
And this one right hereis completely empty.
A lot of times we use thisfor the library books, so I'm gonna go aheadand keep this here handy.
I'm just gonna add it to this hook.
And then we'll keep goingto this area down here, which is a little bit scarier looking.
So, first up I'm gonna grab this purse.
This is a purse that I actually love.
I love the color, I might use it again, so I'm gonna throw it withthe purses that's gonna go with my extra purses in my bedroom but I don't want to store it here.
Random Command hooks, so these need to go with my other Commandhooks in my laundry room is where I store those, so we're gonna go ahead and throw those with thestuff that goes elsewhere.
And definitely afterthis decluttering session I'm gonna go immediatelyput these things away, otherwise they would end upstaying here who knows how long.
So your declutteringsession is not complete until they are putaway, ask me how I know.
So, this I was actually trying to donate and somehow it justfound its way over here.
These are the kinds I don't use anymore so it's gonna go in the donate bin.
This is a toy for my kids.
We were playing with it, likeit was in our church bag, but they've kind of gotten over it, they're not that interested in it anymore, so I think I'm gonna put itupstairs in my daughter's bedroom in the toys thatwe kind of rotate out.
So that's gonna go in the pileof stuff to take elsewhere.
Huh, okay, so a random thing of yarn.
I was teaching Bible classand this was some extra stuff that I brought back when I was done.
And my question to myselfis, do I need this yarn? I might use it someday ifI teach another Bible class or the kids do a craftwith yarn, but unless I have a specific planneduse, it needs to go.
It would take about five minutes and two dollars to replace, so it's gonna go.
I actually do use this tapeand I have a spot for it upstairs in my office, so we're gonna put that with the stuff we need to put elsewhere.
So obviously we can throw the trash away and then we'll throw this bag away.
All right, we'll keep on going.
This is another one of the fold up bags, so we're gonna toss isover to be folded up.
Keeping on going, theseare bins of winter stuff, but it's just gotten allmixed up and I don't even know what's here, so we'reactually gonna go through it all.
This first of all is a little pouch that I use when I used a bigger purse.
I'm gonna see if there'sanything important in it, not really, so I'm gonnaput it in with the purse because that's when I would use it.
Next, let's go throughthese bins and give them some sort of order, and Ialready see that there's who knows what random junk in here.
My son's hat, so I thinkI'm gonna do one bin for each kid, or eachperson, there's kids and, oh, I have been looking for this level.
That actually goes in withthe tools in the garage.
So, we have a giant pile ofstuff that doesn't belong here.
That tends to happen a lot in entry ways.
It's just kind of a dumping zone.
This goes with my children's art stuff, and this is something that Ithink is like a Happy Meal, Chick-Fil-A toy so we'regonna throw that away.
All right, so this binis gonna be for my son.
So I'm gonna put his winter hat in it.
Then we are gonna empty out this next bin.
Sunglasses, I don't thinkthey're anything special, I think they're myhusbands and he has gotten prescription sunglassesnow, so think I'm just gonna put them in the donate because I don't think he's gonna use those.
I really don't know whatthe purpose of it was.
I wonder if my husbandlike, has a damaged shoelace and needs to replace itor something like that.
I know I didn't buy itso I'm gonna stick it in his shoe and try to remember to ask him when he gets home if it'ssomething that he actually needs, if not we'll toss it and ifit is we'll obviously use it.
Okay, so this is myhusband's hat, so I think I'm gonna make this next one his bin.
This is one of my son's gloves.
And another reason I wanted to do this is I can't tell you how manytimes I've sorted through here and I can only find one glove or mitten.
So this should help us pair down and be able to find what we need.
This is mine.
So I'm gonna do this onenext so I have a empty bin.
I also keep socks here for my kids because this is on our lowerlevel and I don't like when we're ready to go out the door then they have to runupstairs and get their socks, so I like them to keep that.
This I know goes with purses over here, it needs to go with my travel stuff.
So that's gonna go there.
This is, huh, a bunch ofextra keys and key cards.
I actually think one of thesemight be a key that we need, so I'm gonna stick them on our key hook.
Hair bow for my daughter, needs to go in her room with all her bows.
Another big bunch ofloyalty cards, and really when I get another minute, I won't do this here, I will go through and seeif these are loyalty cards that I even need, I imagine a lot of them I don't use or I have on my phone.
Now this bin is empty and I think we will let this hold my items.
Well, I think these weresupposed to go together, but they're kind of a painbecause they come apart so I'm just gonna donate these.
My husband's gloves aregonna go in his thing.
My daughter's gloves are gonna go in hers.
These, I got but don't fit so I'm gonna toss them in the donate bin.
I actually think I actually know someone who might be able to use these.
I'm gathering up all mine here and then I'll sort through them.
Here's the other glovefor my son, goes in here.
My husband's hats and gloves, and my daughter's socks.
And then this is my bin, so I've got my socks, a pair of gloves for myself.
This glove, oh there's a match down here.
Wow, I really have a lot of gloves.
I really didn't know until I did this how many like, gloves Ihad, so I might pair down.
Like I think three pairsshould be sufficient.
Like having one in the car, this goes to the other one thatI didn't like as well.
So having one pair in the car, one in here and an extra I think is sufficient.
I shouldn't need a bunch of other gloves.
Now I'm going down tothe floor and picking up some of this junk on the floor.
So my son's gloves go here.
These are, you know what? These look used, I reallydon't think that they are, but just in case, we're justgonna go ahead and wash them.
So this is gonna go to the dirty clothes.
So other stuff that needs to go.
We have more tote bags.
This is an empty bag, Ialways check to make sure they're empty, I actuallyrecently washed this.
All right let's keep goingthrough the tote bags.
So I'm trying to decidehow many I really just need to keep in here versus juststoring somewhere else.
I think a couple in hereseems plenty for me, so I think this one I maystore in the car because I often find myself when I'min the car needing those, so I'm gonna put it righthere to go to the car.
This is some activitiesfor my daughter to do, she went with somebody the other day and just needed some quiet activities, so I actually like keeping thisbag packed and ready to go.
So we're gonna hang it onthis heavy hook right here.
And my son has one too butI think it's in his room.
Okay, we have a big bin ofcoloring books, crayons.
I think we used to playwith these in the car or at church, but we don'tneed them there anymore, so I think I'm just gonna goput them in their craft closet with all of their crafts, so I'll put that in with stuff to take elsewhere.
We have a plastic pumpkin.
It's not Halloween anymore, so that's gonna go.
I'll save out the wipes, they were probably just in the car but they don't go in here.
This was something I meantto get out to the donate bin just out the door in thegarage, but for whatever reason, I didn't make it that far so now I'm gonna toss them in this donate bin.
Now we have quite a bitof shoes, and I'm guessing there's some that don'teven fit my kids anymore, and I think I can reallypair down a little bit.
So, let's dive into that because I don't like this wholemess of shoes in front.
It makes it hard to get to, hard to put your shoes in.
These are a little bit small for my son so I think we're gonna donate them.
These are definitely too small for him.
I love these, but they're just too small so they're gonna go, and hehas a new pair for this year, so we'll put these right here.
Also, you can't see thisbut here in the corner he has some rain boots andthese may still fit him in the spring, theystill fit him right now, so we're gonna hang onto these rain boots.
And these are my daughter's snow boots and they still fit her, she uses them, so we'll just put them right there.
I have two pairs oftennis shoes down here, and I really don'tthink that is necessary.
These are really just an oldpair, like if I was gonna go paint or do somethingmessy, so I'll put those in my master closet thathas plenty of space.
I think we just end up with a lot of shoes that don't even fit and there'sno sense in storing them.
I'm trying to find, oh there'salso a random sock in here.
I think we're gonna wash that.
You never know what you'regonna find when you declutter.
Oh another sock in here, Iguess, ew, ew and there's sand.
Okay, so these need cleanedwhatever happens to them.
I guess she wore these in thesand sometime in the dirt.
She probably does stillfit them, but we're gonna have to figure out some wayof getting them cleaner.
And my kid's shoes I canprobably fit two in one thing.
These are actually slightlylarge for my daughter so I'm gonna push those back.
These I know do not fit her anymore so we're just gonna trashthose because they're so old.
And these probably do fit sowe'll put those right there.
These don't fit anymore.
These are obviously sandals that she's not wearing this time of year.
These are definitely too small for her, they need to go, and they're almost new.
Okay, now we need to get this bag.
Wow, this has a lot of stuff in it.
This used to be my diaper bag.
I haven't needed a diaperbag in a long time.
This is my kid's clothes likeI always send them with extra pairs of clothes, but I reallyshould take this upstairs, wash all these, repack it andI usually keep it in the car just in case we ever needan extra change of clothes.
So that's what I'm gonna do with this bag.
These are boots that dofit her and she wears them pretty frequently these days so we're just gonna put them in the cubbies.
Snow boots that are asimilar size to these, so I just don't see my son wearing these.
They're in pretty good condition, so I think we'll just donate them.
These are boots that mydaughter does wear fairly often so we're gonna keep them accessible.
These do still fit her, she can still wear these, so we'll keep those.
These are too small andthey're kind of old, so we'll go ahead and throw those away.
I just really don'tdonate anything if I think it's like in not greatcondition for someone to use.
I'm okay with just getting of it.
These I think are gonna be too small for her next year, sowe'll get rid of those.
These are going to be too small for my son next spring so we can get rid of those.
So we opened up several cubbies.
I will tell you, I reallydon't love that we have to have all these boots here, but I don't really have another solution.
If you have any ideas, letme know in the comments.
But we really need thatfor these things up here, we can't put them all upthere because we really need a spot for like glovesand hats and winter gear.
There's not really a coat closet down here because we turned it into a craft closet, so this is the best solution that I have at the moment for boots and things.
And we do wear thesepretty frequently because there's a decent amount ofsnow here in Indiana at times.
And the little corner that you can't see, we're keeping on going.
Like you would be shocked how much stuff we were able to fit in a small entryway.
A random bag is trash, and then this is gonna go to my daughter's room.
Another coat for my son.
I'm feeling like this one ispretty small for him right now.
Here's another one of the bags.
No wonder I haven't beenable to find my bags when I've gone to Aldi recently.
I'm glad I'm doing this, so we'll fold this one up.
Okay, so this is a bookthat we need to re-record.
We recorded it for my niece and somehow we accidentally forgot toget it to a locked position so they recorded over it, so we really need to take action on this, and then, like I kind of wantthis in a special place.
I'd like to go ahead and do it tonight.
There's no reason whywhen my kids get home, because I have them readpart of it, and my husband, there's no reason why wecan't just get it done and get it in the car to go back to them.
So I think I'm gonna put itwith the items I am returning.
So putting it with the stuff that goes with the car makes sense to me.
One more random item.
This is like a sash that goes with one of my daughter's rain coatsthat's up in her closet.
We're gonna just putthis in the pile of stuff to take to other locations in the house.
We're looking much better.
We opened up severalcubbies, a lot of cubbies.
I'm actually pleasedwith how much of that, of course my son anddaughter are wearing shoes that'll go in there right now, but still we've opened up quite a bit, that's good.
Now we each have a bin.
I would like to label those bins so we clearly know, otherwise we just end up tossing stuff in thereand then when I wanted to find gloves the otherday I literally thought I didn't have any and I find out I have three pair plus some that I decluttered.
And then I'm going to go takeall of this where it goes.
It's definitely not done until all of this gets where it goes, thereis a lot of stuff in here that just really did not even belong.
(bright music) So here I am in myfinished decluttered space, and let me tell you it feels amazing.
Now every time I walkin instead of looking at a bunch of junk and clutter, I have a refreshing space and every time I want to find something, I actually can.
Now leave me a commentbelow and let me know what did you declutter whileyou were watching this video, or what do you plan to declutter next? And be sure to hit the subscribe button.