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.
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.
Step 2. Put everything in its place
Continue working downward in the space by picking up all loose items and placing them in designated locations.
Keys should have their own bowl or hook, and mail should have its own receptacle, such as a wicker basket or stylish box.
A busy mudroom or entryway should have enough hooks or hangers to accommodate all the outerwear that will come through the space.
Hallways should be entirely clear.
A general tidying up can transform a small space, because these areas look cramped and messy with just a small amount of clutter.
Step 3. Make the glass sparkle
Windows and mirrors are crucial for visually opening up smaller spaces such as foyers and halls.
They will also make small, confined areas seem bright, airy, and clean … but not if they are caked with dirt.
Polish brass and chrome accents.