An entryway is a space that varies quite a bit from home to home. But what we all have in common is that every one of us enters our home through a door and needs a place where we can immediately put down our things.
Before creating a system, take stock of all the items that enter and exit your house on a daily basis. This might include backpacks, coats, hats, handbags, mail, keys, etc. Then take a moment to think about where everything naturally lands when you walk in the door. For instance, do shoes pile up on the floor? Does mail end up on the kitchen counter?
Once you've figured out everything you need to account for, design a solution that will fit your needs—and your space.
THE MAKESHIFT ENTRY:
Some entryways have room for a table and not much else. The trick is to maximize the space in every possible way so that all your categories stay organized.
Decorative objects on the tabletop preempt any pileup of coats and handbags, which belong on hooks or in a nearby closet. We like to include things like a vase of fresh florals, candles, or other unique pieces that complement the home's aesthetic
A table with drawers designated for items such as mail, keys, and sunglasses acts as a drop spot so you'll never be searching for items when you're in a hurry. We suggest using drawer inserts to keep these items contained and categorized
A divided and labeled basket underneath the table holds backpacks (one per child) and hanging files
THE TRADITIONAL MUDROOM:
A standard mudroom generally has three or four built-in stalls and includes hooks and cubbies, which is the equivalent of an organizational blank canvas. It's a good idea to designate a spot for each member of the family, which will hold everyone accountable for his or her own space.
Seasonal and infrequently used items placed in baskets on harder-to-access upper shelves
A hook for each family member
Knit hats and mittens for the winter and hats and sunscreen for the summer stored in lower lidded bins
Shoe baskets for each child—which should be clearly labeled!
THE MULTIPURPOSE CLOSET:
We like to take full advantage of every square inch of storage. If you have a front hall closet or a storage closet, consider all the categories you might be able to store in it. In this case, we fit coats, shoes, rain gear, pharmacy, and utility items by creating zones for each category.
Extra utility and household items line the top shelf
Pharmacy, wellness, and first-aid products visibly stored in clear bins
Two or three pairs of shoes for each member of the family
Summer and winter items in floor baskets
You'll find more entryway tips + every space in the home in our NEW book, The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals. Pick up a copy today!
Xo, Clea + Joanna