Aren't first impressions supposed to be important? Well I'm not sure about that but my porch was definitely NOT giving out the lovely welcoming feeling I was hoping for!
So, what I thought was going to be a successful shoe rack and coat hanging situation certainly wasn't! It just didn't work for three grown men and one woman, sometimes two women!
First of all I needed to see what was actually in the porch, to do this I completely emptied it into the hall.
And this was before I added all the coats, bags and anything else hiding underneath the mess!!
Pairing up the shoes was my first mission! Only one odd flip flop! Then I needed to decide if any pairs were beyond keeping, holey or no longer fit anyone. This certainly reduced the pile a bit! The same process with all the coats, I wanted to keep only those coats we are using at the moment in the porch, with thicker winter coats going upstairs into wardrobes and losing any we no longer like, or wear ( it being July in Britain coats are definitely needed!) As it turned out I could keep a couple of the thicker coats in the porch as one of my sons likes to keep his coats in his bedroom anyway. Now the charity shops have reopened a visit is well overdue!
Next to cleaning!
A vacuum and some Elbow Grease was all it took but I stood back and admired my handy work with a hot coffee and a satisfied smile at this point!!!
This picture doesn't show it but we have three rows of hangers, originally put up when the children were in primary school for little people to reach!
After the declutter and clean comes the organising!! With fewer shoes I could move the shoe racks ( they are extendable and stackable, I can't remember where from but these are similar https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/spaceways-extendable-2-tier-shoe-rack-355450) I also only needed to use the top row of coat hooks. I put a beach bag on the middle row with gloves and hats in it.
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Do you struggle with mail being left in the porch and then losing it under piles of coats and shoes? I certainly used to have that problem! I once lifted the doormat to give it a shake and found an important letter had got kicked underneath!! If this is you, or someone you know, take a look at my previous blogs to see if I can help you.