10 Creative Ways to Organize Your Entry Way
Including these items in your organized entry way makes a good first impression, and maximizes its function.
- A place to sit – for putting on shoes
- Storage for small items – landing spot for glasses, keys and receipts
- Hooks for coats – simplifies hanging up jackets
- A home for shoes – tray, shelf, baskets…many options for storage
- A mirror – one last look before leaving the house
- Your unique touches – something to make it personal
This criteria helped me create an organized entry way when I revamped ours recently.
Our shoe storage was embarrassingly tired. I was never a huge fan of having shoes on display, but I thought it would make it more accessible for my children. It did, but I couldn’t stand the ugly factor any longer.
I was determined to find a better solution at Ikea. The Hemnes shoe cabinets (love them) were too tall for my space. So we found an option that held as many shoes (if we put 2 side by side), was cheaper and good quality. Is it wrong to love a piece of furniture? Each of my 4 boys has their own cubbie that holds between 4-6 pairs of shoes, depending on the size of the shoe.
Someone was getting rid of this coat rack, so my husband scooped it up. He sprayed it chocolate brown, installed new chrome hooks and…better than new. Kids hang coats up easily and it is extra storage for visitors.
Our 3-drawer unit works well for hats and mitts in the winter, and sunglasses and baseball caps in the summer.
Of course, organizing your unique entry way will depend largely on the size of space you have to work with. Peruse these ideas and have fun tackling your own spot.
What better way to organize your entry way than to repurpose an armoire? Love everything about this one. The fresh turquoise, the labelled baskets, and the doors that close for a tidy look. This is going to be my next find.
Funky buckets and a painted shelf are a unique option for organizing an entry way. Label the handles so everyone’s odds and ends are stored in the right spot.
By removing closet doors, create a mini mudroom. Use vertical space with high baskets and lower drawers for shoes. Would work well to store one or two jackets per family member (and keep the rest in bedroom closets).
A clever, simple solution for smaller shoes. Customized with kid photos. Could also house hats, mitts and gloves or baseball caps.
Consider how many times an entry way is used every day. With creativity and inspiration, it can serve a lot of functions. And an organized entry way will make your entire home feel more welcoming.
How have you organized your entry way?