Tips to getting the entryway to your home looking tidy and organized
For a morning routine that works for everyone in the family and making a great first impression for guests, this article gives tips about organizing the entryway to your home. These tips apply to whether you have a nice broad foyer or a narrow entryway. Creating a functional system the entire family can maintain is the goal.
The first tip is to have a designated drop zone keeping in mind your aesthetics and size constraints. This might be a bin or a few bins of some sort (or possible a table/ledge) to contain store returns, library books to bring back, items that belong to other people (don’t people always forget to take the dish they brought to a potluck back home!), and even school backpacks for the kids.
A smaller space will dictate where the entryway will be, but if you have options, set a boundary where you’ll place an entryway table or bin. It might be off to the side or right by the front door. Then the family and guests will have a clear understanding to keep the space tidy and unsorted mail, backpacks, coats, umbrellas, etc. live somewhere else in the clearly designated space for those items. The best way to stay organized is the concept that EVERYTHING HAS A HOME.
You first need to declutter your current entryway if it’s filled with stacks of magazines and paperwork that haven’t been reviewed and filed and/or recycled and shredded. Maybe you need a better shoe and/or toy solution if the space is overflowing with items that don’t belong there. And attend to the shopping bags filled with items to put away or purchases to return.
Then decide what stays and what you’d like right by the front door. You might put up a tiered shoe holder, behind the door or on the wall pocket organizer for sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, keys, wallets, umbrellas, pet supplies, and hats/scarves/gloves in the winter. Hooks might be best for backpacks, purses, reusable shopping bags (although keeping shopping bags in the car is my best suggestion unless you’re walking or taking mass transit to a nearby store or farmer’s market).
The article shows pictures of organizing solutions to fit the size you have available in the entryway. It might be a slim console table with just a few baskets for keys and other essential grab and go items. Or a shoe cabinet. You might float shelves or baskets above hooks. Use a pretty tray or basket and be disciplined that it doesn’t collect other items than what it’s intended for. You might use a hall tree and a bench with storage both inside the top and underneath. Maybe just a shoe tray for a few pairs or basket for a smaller household. And a pegboard might be the answer for a family command center in the entryway (or it could be stationed in the kitchen.)