We've come a long way since we started, haven't we? 

Today, we're taking on a bigger task - cleaning the entryway. Your entryway is the first thing you see when you walk into your home, and it sets the tone for the rest of your space. It's important to make a good first impression, and that means having a clean and organized entryway. So, let's get started! 

First of all, let's address the elephant in the room - every entryway is different. Sure, we may all have the same basic items like a coat rack, shoe rack, or table, but the way we use our entryways could be vastly different.  Some of us may have a large entryway with plenty of space for storage while others might be working with a much smaller area. Keep in mind that while I'll be going over some basics, you may need to adjust the tasks to fit your specific entryway needs.

Begin by removing everything from the area. Pick up shoes, coats, and any other items that are laying around. Next, dust and clean all surfaces.  Wipe down the furniture. using a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris. 

Next, Let's talk about organizing your entryway. One of the best ways to keep this space tidy is to have a designated area for all items. You may have a console table or a sideboard. These are great for storing small items such as keys, mail, or sunglasses.  You can use containers and baskets to store items like hats, gloves, scarves, and other accessories. 
This could also mean a hook for your keys, a basket for shoes, or a hanger for your coat. Spend some time assessing what you need and what you don't. Get rid of anything that doesn't serve a purpose, and declutter this space as much as possible. Consider putting back only a few essential items to keep it neat and tidy.

If you skipped walls, doors, lighting, or any of the other tasks in the last couple of weeks, now is the time to address those. Clean any walls or doors that need it, and check any lighting fixtures or bulbs for dust or dirt. You may want to add some decor to your entryway too - hanging art, adding a rug, or displaying fresh flowers could all be ways to make the space more inviting. 

Clean any windows and mirrors in the room. Windows are a huge task and I like to do them as I clean the room thoroughly. Wipe them down with some ammonia-based cleaner, and buff them with a dry cloth to avoid streaks. A spotless mirror will also help to reflect more light and make your entryway appear more spacious.

Finally, thoroughly sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors. Pay attention to any corners or crevices that may have accumulated dirt and dust. If your floors are carpeted, consider using a carpet cleaner to refresh them. 

And that's it! Congrats, you have now successfully deep-cleaned your entryway. Enjoy the feeling of a clean and inviting space as you enter your home every day.  Good job! See you tomorrow for the next step in our challenge.  Until then, happy cleaning!


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