Every day I come home I am reminded of the project that is my front door. It’s the first thing I see when I get home and dammit if it doesn’t make me depressed. The last thing I want is to be pissed off when I come home. Let’s make it a happy homecoming.
Here are some ideas to help improve your arrival home, both on the inside and the outside of your home.
Side note: I realize in most of the US, it is way cold outside right now and the last thing you can be doing is painting or planting anything. I’ve added some ideas for you as well. If your personal entry is through the garage, then beef it up there. Nothing says “oh great it’s you again” like a dirty run down garage Read on…
Outside Quick Updates
The first thing I do at a house when I buy it is remove the screen or security door. Nothing says “Go TF away” like another door blocking your front door. I usually just stash it in the garage in case the buyer still wants it. I have yet to take the security doors down at my house, 3 years later. It’s on my list.
Paint your door something fun. Even your garage door can be painted something more enticing.
Add some planters on either side of your front door.
Change your doormat out (even the cold AF people can do this one)
Change out your door knob. BETTER YET, GYST and rekey all of your exterior door knobs so they are the same key.
Add a boot scraper thing outside to help take care of the mess you’re dragging in.
Inside Quick Updates
Reseal around your door so critters and cold air don’t come in
Give your umbrella a place to live.
Find a solution for the shoes and backpacks that pile up
Add some hooks or a coat rack
Change out your rug
Paint the back of the door
Add a dish to drop keys or sunglasses in or hooks on the wall to hang them up
Give each person in your home a section so it doesn’t become a cluster of giant piles
Shit there is a lot here to do just for the front door. Good luck to you.