How to Organize Your Entryway
In many homes, the front entryway is the established family command center. Everyone bustles through on their way out to work or school and — at the end of the day — the entry hall is often where shoes, briefcases, keys, wallets, backpacks and purses get discarded.
As you can imagine, this area can quickly become a clutter catcher, which is unfortunate as it’s often one of the places visitors will see first. However, you can keep this space in check with some entryway organization tips.
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Establish a Welcome Center
Whether you have an entry hall or mudroom, the area that’s first seen in your home should be warm and welcoming (with just a touch of practicality). Start with a narrow table that can hold items like purses and wallets, but make sure to establish a sense of order so it doesn’t get cluttered. For example, you could use a wicker basket to hold keys, another to hold mail and a third to hold sunglasses.
Personalize the area with some framed family photos or artwork from your children or grandchildren. You may also want to add a chalkboard or dry erase board that can serve as a place for fun messages and pictures, while doubling as a means of leaving reminders.
Set Up a Shoe Station
Nothing seems to need a dash of entryway organization more than footwear. You can begin with a welcome mat made of jute, coconut fiber or some other material that will help remove dirt and debris from the bottoms of shoes. Additionally, organize shoes with shoe racks and cubbies or place them under benches.
If you live in a region that sees a lot of snow or rain, you may want to set up a boot tray lined with pebbles or river stones. This will not only keep family members from tracking wet grime across the floors, it will give shoes a place to dry and also looks more attractive than a plain plastic boot tray.
Hang ‘Em High
Hooks can be an organizational lifesaver when it comes to getting your entry hall in order. You can use different-sized hooks to keep a variety of items in check, such as keys, purses and bookbags, hats, coats and even leashes. The added bonus is that when these items are out of the way on your wall, they aren’t cluttering up entryway tables or getting tossed in other parts of the house.
For more entryway organization inspiration, check out this post on keeping your mudroom tidy. Then finish up your front foyer makeover with these closet organization tips. Finally, don’t forget to spruce up the outside of your home’s front entrance so that it’s just as welcoming as the entry hall.
Need help with household organization? You’re in luck! Merry Maids may be able to assist you in keeping your home tidy. Contact your local Merry Maids office to see if they can lend a hand with your organizational goals.