The dreaded entryway – the place everyone seems to dump all their belongings when they walk in the door. If you aren't lucky enough to live in a home with a large mudroom, your entryway probably looks like the messiest place in your home. But it is possible to make this space functional and tidy all at the same time. You don't even have to spend a lot of money to do it. Read below to find some space-saving techniques to help your home feel welcoming as soon as you open the front door.
You can find some cheap storage solutions at your local hardware store that will fit into your hall closet to help you neatly hang coats and accessories. You can also mount some hooks on the inside of the closet door for your hand bags.
2. Plastic Bags
Ever start rummaging through your closet looking for that long lost mitten and can't find it anywhere? Well, no more. Put all of your small items, such as mittens, hats and scarves in plastic bags and loop them around a hanger in your closet. They will look neat and tidy and will always be in the place you left them!
3. Create Your Own Mudroom
If you don't have the space for a mudroom, you can easily create your own, smaller mud-room look-a-like with just a few simple hooks and your imagination. Place the hooks on the wall for your children to hang their own coats on. You can paint their name on top so they know which one is theirs. Get a bench and place it under the hooks for them to sit down on and take off their shoes. Throw a few baskets under the bench and voila – your very own mudroom!
4. Entryway Console
If you want to decorate your entryway and brighten it up while saving space, try creating a fake window look by using bevel-edged mirrors. All you have to do is paint a floating shelf the same colour as your walls so it looks like it has been built in. Install it about three feet off the floor and add a grid of mirrors above it. The shelf will give you some extra space for your keys and sunglasses. You can place a basket underneath it that matches the decor but also allows you extra space for umbrellas, gloves or other accessories. Or try placing a vintage table with a square mirror above it. It will add a lot of unique character to an otherwise boring area.
We know you aren't in high school anymore, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a looker in your home. Using lockers allows your kids to store all their stuff without letting it spill onto the floor. Hockey sticks, soccer balls or any other items that you want out of sight will fit perfectly in a fun, unique looking locker.
6. Boot Tray
There is nothing worse than wet boots dripping all over your entryway. It's also dangerous since guests arriving could slip and fall. Try creating a boot tray by your door for people to place their wet footwear. It will get the shoes out of the way and, if you use your imagination, you can also come up with some cool ideas for the tray. Placing pebbles and stones on top will give your new boot tray a unique, cozy feel to it.
7. Umbrella Stand
Every entryway should have an umbrella stand. But it doesn't mean it should be boring and hidden out of the way. You can easily transform an inexpensive flower bucket into an umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with a cool colour of paint. Or use an old vase or bucket that you have lying around the house that you love but have no use for. Fill it with colorful umbrellas and you've got yourself a beautiful, fun focal point for your entryway!
8. Winter Wear
If you have a lot of people in your family you know how quickly gloves and hats go missing. Well, now you can avoid mismatched glove fights by getting each child their own metal basket and hanging it on the wall. When they come home from school they place their outerwear in the bin and, to their amusement, their hats and mittens are there waiting for them in the morning!
9. Key Rack
Avoid that morning panic when you rush around the house looking for your keys by making your own key rack. Just get a piece of fibreboard and cut it to fit into a picture frame. Cover the board with a piece of linen and staple it at the back. Tuck the board into the frame and then nail on labels for each key, along with screw hooks to hang them on. You can also use an old shelf by installing hooks along the length of it. No matter what you choose, key racks are a great way of adding a lot of character to your entryway.
10. Donation Bag
One of the best ways to avoid clutter is to get rid of it. Place a donation bag somewhere in your entryway. When your kids have outgrown any shoes or jackets they can simply place them in the bag. When the bag is full take it to your local charity to donate it.