Why It’s So Hard to Keep an Entry Closet Neat
“When people walk into their houses, they enter a comfort zone,” says Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., clinical director of the Bio Behavioral Institute, in Great Neck, New York, and a coauthor of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save & How You Can Stop (New Harbinger Publications, $16, amazon.com). “Work is over and done with, and your immediate reaction is to let go of everything from the outside world. And that includes the things you’ve been schlepping throughout the day.”
So what can Sonya and the rest of us do to keep the entry area clear of junk mail, shopping bags, and other random goodies? Neziroglu suggests that just before you step into your home, you take stock of what you’re carrying and create a mental list of where you’ll stash each item. Then immediately go to the proper places to drop them off. If you know exactly what needs to go where beforehand, it’s easier to keep your organization in check. The key is to execute the plan right away. Putting it off lands you on the slippery slope to a closet full of phone books.