Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER - Natalie Jane of Be Or­gan­ised shares her clut­ter-clear­ing tips.

ONE TOUCH RULE In a busy area like the en­trance way, it is im­por­tant to have homes for your items to stop them from be­ing dumped. The “one touch” rule is im­por­tant here, to help you get into the habit of putting things away.

MAIL Des­ig­nate a place for in­com­ing mail to go – an in-tray, let­ter­box or mail or­gan­iser are good so­lu­tions.

SHOES Bas­kets for each fam­ily mem­ber are a prac­ti­cal idea for busy fam­i­lies. Des­ig­nated cub­bies also work well.

COATS Wall-mounted coat racks are user-friendly – use child-height coat pegs for kids. Get peo­ple to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own jack­ets.

BAGS Store these on coat racks or in des­ig­nated cub­bies. Each mem­ber of the fam­ily can have their own coat rack with a cubby un­der­neath for their shoes and bags.

KEYS Use ei­ther wall hooks or a ves­sel of some sort. Get into the habit of putting your keys in this spot to pre­vent them from get­ting lost. Store your master key set and spare keys in a sep­a­rate “safe” area in your home.

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