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4 Things You Need For An Efficient Entryway

Whether you have a spacious entryway or a compact foyer, these tips can come in handy

Original Article: Rachelle Medina Photography: Pat Martires Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

It's safe to say that no one likes rushing out of the home just to get to school or work in time. To beat the stress, many of us are on the lookout for ways to simplify our routines. The secret to keeping the home running smoothly? A neat and efficient command center! Here are some tips to help you get started: 

1. Create a seating area for last-minute errands.

Carve out a small spot near the entrance of your home—locate your landline here, a notepad for messages, and a corkboard with a list of important numbers. You can also add a bin of your favorite magazines underneath the table so you would have something to read if you ever find yourself killing time before you leave. 

2. Add a keyholder 

If your home is too cramped for an actual family command center, a simple key holder would suffice. Label each key nail with names or the area it's for, and you can use bullclips to pin important messages or a perpetual calendar. 

READ: WATCH: How To Make An Upcycled Key Holder

3. Assign a drawer to each family member

Get a chest of drawers or a set of boxes, assign each drawer to a family member, and add stick-on labels. This will help you avoid clutter as each family member’s bills and letters are in their respective drawers. 

RL Tip: Find similar at Papemelroti located at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. 

4. Put a bills folder together

Make sure you remember to pay every bill by compiling them in a single place! Collect water and electricity bills, credit card bills, village association letters, and school notices. File them immediately to control the clutter. This also keeps you from losing important documents.

Read the original article ("Family Planning") in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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