Have you ever walked into someone’s home and thought “wow what a great entryway” (aka foyer or mudroom)? This space is a person’s first impression of the inside of your home. It is the welcoming point where guests and residents transition from the outside world. Do you desire a welcoming and organized space like the entryways shown below? Read on for some mudroom organization tips and ideas!
Like many of us, you may not have a separate room for your entryway, foyer, or mudroom, but you can easily create a space that looks and acts like a functioning entryway using these five things every entryway should have according to fellow organizer Stacey Platt, author of What’s A Dis-Organized Person To Do?
Five things every entryway should have:
- A landing strip – this should be where you leave your incoming/outgoing mail, wallet, cell phone, keys, and any other important items that come and go with you every day.
- A place to hang coats – this could be a closet, coat rack, or wall hooks.
- Containers for scarves, hats, and gloves – try using baskets, bins, cubbies, drawers, hanging closet shelves, over the door shoe organizer, or the inside a bench.
- Boot and shoe storage – if you do not have a lot of storage for shoes you will have to set a limit on how many pairs each family member can store in the entryway. For shoe storage you can use a shoe cubby (inside a closet or against the entryway wall), baskets, or bins.
- A place to sit – this will allow for a comfortable seat when you or your guests take off/put on shoes. Use a chair, stool, or bench. I think a sitting area also gives the entryway a cozy feel and helps to make it a space that is separate from the rest of the home.
Depending on how much space you have, you can try to make the entryway a more separate area by painting the walls a different color, putting up wallpaper, or by laying down an area rug in front of the sitting area or landing strip. Instead of going out and purchasing entryway furniture, get creative and use existing furniture in your home that is not being utilized such as an old dresser, bookcase, table, or chair and simply stain or paint the furniture to match your entryway décor and design!
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