Entryways are one of the toughest areas of your home to organize. They have a constant flow of traffic and a constant influx of stuff. Organizing them doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few carefully placed products and thoughtfully developed systems your morning routine can be simple and quick every day.
Start by hanging some hooks. These can be on the wall, part of a furniture piece or even mounted inside a bookshelf.
Use small baskets or even pails to house small items such as hats, gloves, sun block and sunglasses. If you use magnetic or removable labels you can use the same containers year round, just relabel them.
Put a charging station by the door so you can plug in your iPod, phone, etc every night and grab them on your way out in the morning. Its a great solution to know where your items are at all times AND to make sure they are charged at all times.
Install some small hooks for keys. Its always a challenge to find keys in the morning, this way you always know where they are.
A small clothes line is a great way to dry off both summer and winter items. You can take it down after use by using a retractable clothes line. Its important to make sure that everyone has their own space in the entryway. This allows them to take responsibility for their own possessions. It will also ensure that everyone can find their stuff when they need it.
During the winter months use boot trays or even plastic drink trays to house muddy boots. During the summer months, use a shoe rack thats functional and attractive like the one by Honey Can Do.
If you’re looking for some adorable and inexpensive looking furniture that is customizable for your space, look at Target’s Itso line. I use them in my own home and I use the bins to separate my things from my husband’s, and even the dog has a compartment for her leashes, etc.
You don’t have to spend a lot on your entryway and the systems don’t have to be fancy. However, taking the time to clearly define personal space, and set up a few systems will go a long way.