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Setting up a drop zone in your home can help to make you more organized and corral that clutter. These essentials are things to add to your entryway to make sure it is functional, organized and something that will work with your home’s decor. These ideas will work in any size space and are perfect for getting more organized in the new year.

Start with a flat surface that will function as the place to drop everything as you walk in the door at the end of the day. The top of a dresser, bookshelf, tray table, or any other surface will work here. I like adding a chalkboard or dry erase board first. This serves as a message and reminder center which is something that we can all use!

A tray or shallow basket is another must have in this area. This works as the perfect place to drop mail, magazines, and more. Shop the thrift store for an inexpensive piece that will work perfectly for your drop zone.

You will also need a place to drop keys and the things in your pockets. A small basket or tray will work here as well. We used a paint dipped basket that worked with the decor in this room.

I like to keep things organized in my drop zone and a mail sorter is the perfect thing! It can also serve a dual purpose and hold phones and other electronics. Look for items in the office supply area of your store that will work great for keeping your drop zone organized.

A place to drop your shoes when you walk in the door is also a requirement. Adding a chair to the area will give you a place to sit down. You can add hooks as well for coats, hats, and more. Here, the drawers in the dresser work perfectly for winter essentials that do not have to be out all year.

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A quick and inexpensive way to corral shoes is with a baking sheet. Pick these up at the dollar store and add your shoes as soon as you walk in the door. This will keep the mess off of your floor and your drop zone looking neat.



Add these drop zone essentials to the area directly inside your door. They will help to keep you neat and organized, plus give you a place to unload your arms as soon as you get home. A functional drop zone can be placed in any sized space and be a lifesaver!

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Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage about DIY, home decor, crafts, and recipes. When she is not blogging, you can find Angie hanging out on her farm with her hubby and three kids. Angie has a love for all things farmhouse especially mason jars. Be sure to follow along with Angie’s blog for more.

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  1. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    These are great ideas for creating a drop zone in your home.  I find that the difficult part is keeping the drop zone relatively clean and free of clutter.  We have a drop zone just inside our back door.  Every once in a while, I just have to clear everything out and start fresh, because the drop zone at our house tends to become a junk pile.  Your drop zone looks fresh and functional.

    • Lea Erbskorn says:

      Hi Carol! Definitely agree that it’s nice to start fresh and get rid of any clutter. Glad you like these drop zone organization tips!

  2. Debrashoppeno5 says:
    Excellent ideas to stay organized.  Nothing is worse than misplacing your keys or important papers.
    • Lea Erbskorn says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Definitely not fun to lose both of those items. Hope these ideas are helpful for any future organization projects 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    These are super ideas Angie especially the one about the baking sheet for shoes. We have a small kist at our front door and everyone just kicks their shoes under the kist, which means they tend to get scattered about. The baking sheet will make a big difference

  4. Kristin says:
    Great tips! We’re closing on a new house soon and I’m planning to create a drop zone in the mudroom so we don’t end up with clutter in the kitchen like with our current house. This helps give me some ideas.
    • Lea Erbskorn says:

      Hey Kristin! Congrats on finding a new home and I hope that everything works out with creating a drop zone for the new place. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  5. Having a drop zone is very important for any home.  We only have two people home now and its more important than ever.  If the other half loses something I direct him to that zone.  He is slowly learning to use it.

    Thanks for sharing your zone it looks great.

  6. ItalianBelly says:
    I had never heard of that name until now, “drop zone.” My drop zone is a battle zone on my dinner table. I’d love to do what you’ve done. #inspirememonday
  7. These are great ideas to keep the entryway organized!  I would need a lot bigger cookie sheet with 4 kids!  🙂   Luckily we have a garage off of the kitchen that we can close the door on and the mess of all the shoes disappears.  It is magic…LOL.  Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!
    • Lea Erbskorn says:

      Hello Kimberly! Happy to hear that you think these ideas are great. The more people, the more shoes are being dropped everywhere. But that’s good news that your garage plays the role as a ‘drop zone’!

  8. Like the idea of containers for everything in your drop zone to keep things organized! Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!

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