Task 5 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Entryway

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Welcome to week 5 of my 52 Things in 52 Weeks Declutter Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today and remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

Decluttering your home is so satisfying. Not only does it make you feel good, but it also makes your home look good. There is a huge sense of satisfaction that you get from purging old, unused and unnecessary items from your home. Don’t hold on to things for another five years, get rid of them now and you will start to feel so much lighter, both spiritually and mentally. The best rule of thumb to follow is that you should purge something if you haven’t needed or remembered it for over a year.

The ‘Declutter 52 things in 52 Weeks’ Challenge is completely FREE!!! Sign up to my daily emails so you don’t miss when the next task goes live. Alternatively, visit the blog each Wednesday to see the latest task. I will publish a new task on the blog every Wednesday.

Please share a photo of your space each week on Instagram using hashtag #declutter52 and tag @theorganisedhousewife

Decluttering Task #5


When you walk through the front door, it’s so much nicer to walk into a tidy, welcoming area. Decluttering a busy entryway will give your entire home a refreshing change of atmosphere. I have done just that with my entrance and hallway. It’s light, my lines are clean and my decor is fresh.  This is where I keep my box of essential oils.

Many people ask me where I got this hall table from. I got it a few years ago from Aldi. 
The fifth of the 2019 Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks tasks is ready for you!!!


Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit!!

  • Step back and take a good look at the clutter around your indoor and outdoor entrances
  • Work out what is necessary and what can be purged
  • Purge the unrequired items like old shoes, broken pots, and any other clutter
  • Consider painting and decorating the walls and doors for a freshen up
  • Enhance the areas with fresh, clean cut furniture and decor


The front door entryway is the first pivotal point of your home. It is the first area your guests will notice when they visit, so it’s important for it to look nice and welcoming, yet uncluttered.  Don’t leave your shoes and other items out the front, because they clutter up your whole entrance, and it becomes an unwelcoming atmosphere for anyone who visits.  Try a couple of pot plants on either side of your entry instead of unnecessary clutter. You could even brighten up your door with a fresh coat of paint as I did with mine. Read here to see how you can set up a shoe area in the garage to avoid shoe clutter.

  READ MORE: How I painted my front door yellow with minimal effort

yellow front door

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Fiona January 31, 2019 - 5:17 AM

Hi Kat, love your blog! Can you please tell me where you got that print? I have alcove like yours and haven’t found anything to go in in it. Thanks, Fiona

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 31, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Hi lovely it was from freedom furniture last year 🙂

Pip February 5, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Hi Kat, I am loving the 52 week challenge!!! My pantry looks awesome and I want to post a picture but I’m not sure how to post it on Instagram. I have added the photo and then put #declutter52 in the text and it seems to have gone in but I don’t really want all my friends to see it. Think its gone out to everyone 🙁 then I tried to search for #declutter52 and found it but don’t know how to add a photo to this. Help please!

Janet Lacey February 8, 2019 - 8:24 AM

I tried the same thing with the same trouble and would like some help. The declutter is going well!

Dr Sarah February 6, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Slightly late posting this, but I’m thrilled with how much I got done. I’ve written about it at https://justanotherflybaby.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/52-things-challenge-2019-task-5/, with before and after photos. Thanks so much for this challenge!

Hang It Up Closets December 16, 2021 - 7:26 AM

This is a great idea for the upcoming year! I know you ran this challenge a couple years ago, but with so many of us spending so much time in our homes the past two years, it would be great to do this again.


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