That’s the problem, though. Because we don’t spend a lot of time in these areas, it’s easy to overlook them in our cleaning routines. And if the spaces are cluttered and dingy, they can have a negative impact on the overall appearance of your home.

The challenge is that these areas see a lot of foot traffic, which means they see a lot of dirt.

Because entryways, mudrooms, and hallways are all small and confined, dirt quickly creates a less-than-appealing picture, and it can just as quickly migrate into other areas of the house.

Before you ever start cleaning small transition spaces, take steps to stop that dirt at the door.

As we all know from the “ounce of prevention” saying, it’s easier to head off a problem than to fix it after the damage is done.

So learn to stop dirt in its tracks.

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The Small-Scale Action Plan Step 1. Kill Those Cobwebs
The Small-Scale Action Plan Step 1. Kill Those Cobwebs

Nothing spells “unwelcome” quite like strands of cobwebs or a coating of dust on an entry­way ceiling, hallway light fixture, or otherwise glossy moulding.

That’s why cleaning these spaces always starts with a quick top-down once-over with a lamb’s-wool duster attached to a long handle.

As always, move around the room left to right, starting at the door. In a hall, move down one side and back along the other.

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