First impressions count

Organize your entry way and tackle the clutter in your home’s drop spot

The first thing your prospective buyers see is your entry way so it has to set the scene for the rest of the home. Most family homes have the usual collection of seasonal outerwear, sports equipment, pet toys, shoes and boots and all the other clutter that seems to accumulate at the front door.

A cluttered and unorganized closet suggests to buyers that the home lacks storage, not a great first impression. De clutter by storing seasonal outerwear and footwear and keep items to a minimum to make the closet appear as spacious as possible. Never leave shoes and boots at the front door when showing your home, place a boot tray inside your closet and keep your footwear out of sight.

If you have the usual assortment of odd hangers invest in some stylish wooden ones all in the same finish and hang them facing all the same way to create a uniform and organized space. Hang hooks for dog leads and collars, purses and shopping bags.

Attractive lined baskets are an inexpensive way to store hats, gloves and scarves and you can colour code one for each member of the family or attach name tags to simplify storage. A small console or table will act as a focal point and a place to drop keys in an attractive bowl or plate so they are easily found. A mirror above the console is a good idea to bring in some extra light and a good place to check hair and make up on the way out. If your space is tight and you don’t have room for a table use a narrow wall mounted shelf and hang an attractive piece of artwork above.

If space allows a bench or chair is a good idea for buyers to sit while removing or putting on shoes.

If you have a rug at the front door that is starting to show its age replace it with a bound sisal or something in a neutral palette that will appeal to most buyers.

Create a stunning entryway for a memorable first impression!