Especially if your front door opens to the outside, as opposed to an interior hallway, cleaning your apartment begins by ensuring the entrance area outside is tidy, free of salt, and free of snow. This will accomplish two things.
First, you will prevent excess snow and salt from being tracked into your home. If the area leading up to your front door is clear, unwanted snow, ice, and salt will begin to drop off of people’s feet before they track it inside. Not only will the snow be less likely to enter, but the area will look nicer.
Second, a clean area outside your front door lets visitors know that they can begin stamping off snow or salt long before they step foot inside. Imagine there is a foot of snow on the ground. If a significant area in front of your door is cleared, you and visitors actually have some room to clean off your boots. Don’t just clear off enough space so that snow doesn’t fall immediately when you open the door. Make sure there is some room for people to stand.