Coming and going. It’s a constant in all our lives. But how do we make our daily transitions less stressful, more organized, and even pleasant?
The first step is to look at your family’s needs.
Do you have school-age children? Then you may need a place for books and backpacks, outer wear and shoes, and possibly after-school sports items. Having a central drop off point will go a long way toward reducing those hectic, out-of-control mornings that are inevitable when organizing systems are lacking.
Whether you work from home or commute to an office you probably need a central location to drop your keys, collect your mail, and hold items that need to be returned to friends or retail stores.
Having a calendar handy for tracking each person’s activities is great in the entryway. When everyone’s appointments are posted in one place it’s easy to see where potential overlaps in scheduling can occur. Consider a bulletin board for store coupons, to do lists, and reminders. Give the kids a chalk or dry erase board so they can have some fun writing notes and reminders of their own.
The entryway is also an ideal place to keep shoes, umbrellas, caps, and the dog’s leash. Hang a mirror on the wall so you can check your appearance and practice your best smile before venturing out into the world.
Whether you have a large mud room or a simple hallway entrance there are ways to make the most of your space and provide for a multitude of needs.
Entry storage furniture comes in a wide variety of sizes and configurations. It usually consists of a combination of cubbies, hooks, and benches. Consider your particular needs when purchasing the one that’s best for you. For DIY and creative types design your own combination of these three basics and add your own special character to the space.
To create a more neat and streamlined look consider baskets or bins to keep cubby items contained. Add colorful pillows to benches for a personal touch, while adding extra comfort when taking shoes on and off.
Get in the habit of keeping your keys in a bowl, a drawer, or on a hook near the door so they never get lost again.
Deposit all mail, and incoming papers in a single location. A narrow table is ideal for this purpose. To keep it neatly contained use a favorite basket or decorative box. Don’t forget to recycle junk mail immediately. Only important papers should be kept until they can be handled properly.
Shoe storage options abound, but if you don’t have room on the floor for a shoe rack you might consider an over-the door system, or a floor level cubby.
Always try to maximize your wall space. Here’s where you can hang calendars, bulletin boards, hat and coat hooks, and your mirror. Wall space may be ideal for hanging backpacks, recyclable grocery bags, or other items if there’s no room for entry furniture.
Remember to make the kids’ organizing options easy to reach, and don’t fill containers with things that are too heavy for a child to manage on their own.
To make the area look even neater consider a folding screen or attractive curtain to separate the entry from the main areas of your home.
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