5 Easy Steps To Set Up Your Entryway as a Sanitation Station
Having a sanitation station at home used to be a foreign concept only seen in sci-fi movies, where the characters enter a chamber, raise their arms, and do a 360-degree turn as nozzles spray them with disinfectants.
These days, though, setting up a designated spot at home where one can leave or disinfect “contaminated” items is a must. Here are ways to create a proper sanitation station in your entryway.
Keep a disinfection mat by the door. If you haven’t yet, it won’t hurt to get one from hardware stores. Make sure to regularly check if it’s soaking wet with disinfecting solution especially when placed outdoors, since the solution can easily evaporate. Keep a drying mat ready so you don’t slosh around the house in wet footwear.
Set aside storage for dirty shoes. A two-level shoe rack is ideal for the entryway especially if you have limited floor area. Use the bottom level to store shoes you’ve just disinfected. Meanwhile, the top level can serve as a space for other sanitation must-haves.
Have disinfectants ready. Sanitizers like bleach solution, alcohol sprays and wipes, and other disinfecting solutions should be readily available upon entry to your home. You don’t want to be walking around the house with unclean hands in search of a bottle of alcohol. Store these in one bin. If you still use a quarantine container, keep it by the entrance as well.
To keep your sanitation station organized, use bins to corral all those bottles together. Place these bins on the top level of the shoe rack.
Use a coat rack for vertical storage. Still wary of bringing in outerwear you used in your errands? Hang them on the coat rack standing ready by the door. You can also use it to hang bags you frequently use when going out (just make sure they’re not heavy). Make it a habit to regularly clear out your coat rack, lest it becomes an unsightly dumping ground.
Add a few decorative items. Since it’s part of the entryway, your sanitation station should still look pleasant. Throw in a few décor pieces to keep this space from looking clinical (what with all the sanitation essentials stored here).
A potted plant is an instant solution to practically any drab spot. Get one that can thrive in low light if your entryway gets little sun (try a snake plant or pothos). It’s also important to choose storage bins that are not just functional but also chic. Do away with generic-looking ones and go for those that have texture. Your best bet? Trays and boxes that are made of natural materials like rattan, solihiya, and pandan.
A proper sanitation station has become a must-have in every home, and it looks like it will be a mainstay in the next few years. After all, it’s always essential to keep your place clean and sanitary with or without a pandemic.